Vietnam announced four COVID-19 recoveries, including a 90-year-old man with pre-existing serious heart disease, on Saturday morning, taking the number of recovered cases to 786.
The discharged patients — identified as patients No. 525, 777, 910, and 909.— all hail from Duy Xuyen District in the central province of Quang Nam and were treated at Quang Nam Central General Hospital.
After the discharge, they will be monitored by local medical establishments for 14 more days and retake COVID-19 tests twice before officially returning to the community, said Mai Van Muoi, deputy director of Quang Nam’s Department of Health.
Notably, patient No. 525, who was admitted to the hospital on July 31, is 90 years old and was a severe case with underlying cardiovascular disease.
He at one point required treatment in the infirmary's intensive care unit.
Beside the nonagenarian, there have been five more severe cases being hospitalized at Quang Nam Central General Hospital since July 29.
Among them, only one case remains on a ventilator while the others are recovering well.
Hospitals in Quang Nam have treated 96 cases of COVID-19 since July 25, when Vietnam’s first community-based infection after 99 days of no local transmission was detected in Da Nang City, Quang Nam's neighbor.
Forty-seven of them have recovered and been discharged.
Vietnam has detected 1,049 coronavirus patients, including 691 domestic infections, as of Saturday afternoon, with 786 having recovered.
Thirty-five COVID-19 patients in Vietnam have died since the pandemic first hit in January. Most of them had severe pre-existing conditions.