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Vietnam logs 7 more coronavirus cases, total now 983

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 12:59 GMT+7
Vietnam logs 7 more coronavirus cases, total now 983
Health workers instruct international arrivals to enter a quarantine area in Vietnam. Photo: Thanh Dang / Tuoi Tre

Seven COVID-19 patients, including one imported case, were registered in Vietnam on Tuesday morning, bringing Vietnam’s total infections to 983, the Ministry of Health said.

Three of the local cases were reported in central Quang Nam Province, two in northern Hai Duong Province, and one in Hanoi, while the imported case was quarantined upon arrival in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

The two patients in Hai Duong Province, both aged 46, are traced to a local outbreak on Ngo Quyen Street in Hai Duong City, the provincial capital, where at least nine virus-related cases have been reported.

They are being treated at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hai Duong City.

The patient in Hanoi is a 33-year-old woman who traveled to the central resort city of Da Nang from July 22 to 25 before being isolated at home.

On Sunday, she was sampled for COVID-19 testing by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, with results coming back positive for the novel coronavirus on Monday.

She is being quarantined and treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital city.

The three patients from Quang Nam Province are aged 15 to 90. They include one patient linked to Da Nang Hospital and two F1 cases who came into direct contact with previous COVID-19 patients.

They are being treated at Quang Nam Region General Hospital.

The imported case is a 37-year-old woman residing in Duc Nhuan Ward, Mau Duc District, Quang Ngai Province.

She arrived in Vietnam from the Philippines on flight VJ7816 on August 15 and was quarantined immediately after arrival at Can Tho International Airport in the namesake city.

She was confirmed positive for the coronavirus by the Can Tho Center for Disease Control on Sunday, and is being treated at the Can Tho Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases Hospital.

Vietnam has logged 983 coronavirus cases, including 645 domestic transmissions, since the pandemic first hit in January.

Among them, 505 local infections have been reported since July 25, when the country documented its first community-based case after 99 days.

Twenty-five COVID-19 patients, most with severe underlying conditions, have died in Vietnam, while 472 patients have fully recovered.

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