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Vietnam reports 33rd coronavirus-related death

Monday, August 31, 2020, 16:33 GMT+7
Vietnam reports 33rd coronavirus-related death
A health worker takes a sample from a woman for COVID-19 testing in Da Nang, Vietnam, August 31, 2020. Photo: Tan Luc / Tuoi Tre

A 69-year-old man has become the latest COVID-19 patient to die in Vietnam, of pneumonia and other serious pre-existing conditions.

The patient lived in Hai Chau District, Da Nang, the Ministry of Health said on Monday, adding that he had suffered heart failure, atrial fibrillation, or an irregular and often rapid heart rate, type-2 diabetes, and chronic renal failure.

He died on Monday morning at the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases, of severe pneumonia and respiratory failure caused by COVID-19, septic shock, multiorgan failure, a heart attack, and diabetes.

Vietnam has confirmed 1,040 coronavirus patients, with 706 recoveries and 33 fatalities as of Monday afternoon, according to the health ministry.

Most of the deaths, including 26 in Da Nang, were in senior years and had had critical concomitant medical problems.

Two patients died after having tested negative for the virus at least three timesAnother one passed away before his test result came back positive.

The health ministry did not include these three casualties in the death toll.

Vietnam has recorded 550 local cases since July 25, when Da Nang detected the first domestic infection after the Southeast Asian country had gone 99 days without documenting any community case.

It recorded zero coronavirus cases on Sunday, the first time in five weeks.

The nation reported 82 cases on July 31, the highest daily spike in the period between July 25 and now.

Most of the local cases have been traced back to Da Nang.

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health gives updates on COVID-19 twice a day, at 6:00 am and 6:00 pm.

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