A 28-year-old man in the central province of Quang Nam has become the youngest COVID-19 patient to die in Vietnam, the Ministry of Health announced on Saturday.
Vietnam's COVID-19 patient No. 996, who hailed from Nong Son District in Quang Nam Province, passed away on Saturday morning.
The patient had a history of acute lymphoblastic leukemia — a cancer of the lymphoid line of blood cells — and bone marrow suppression.
Experts considered the transfusion of antibody plasma from patients who had recovered from COVID-19 for the man as his state got worse, but it was not possible due to his pre-existing conditions.
He died at Da Nang Lung Hospital in Da Nang City on Saturday morning.
His death was attributed to pneumonia caused by COVID-19, complications of septic shock, and irreversible multi-organ failure on the background of acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
He was the country’s 31st virus-related casualty. Two other patients died after testing negative for the virus four and three times.
He was the youngest COVID-19 patient to have died in Vietnam since the pandemic first hit in January.
The previous 30 virus-related deaths were between 33 and 93 years old, most of whom have severe underlying conditions.
Vietnam has logged 1,038 cases of COVID-19, with 663 recoveries and 31 deaths.
Of the active patients, 124 have tested negative for the virus at least once, the health ministry reported on Saturday morning.