Vietnam announced five imported cases of COVID-19 and 14 recovered patients on Tuesday, with no local infections recorded, according to the Ministry of Health.
The new patients’ ages range from two to 51 years old.
Two of them are isolated for treatment in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho while the other three are hospitalized in the southern province of Tay Ninh.
No domestic infections were documented in Vietnam on Tuesday, the sixth day in a row that Vietnam has detected zero community cases.
The health ministry confirmed 14 recoveries the same day, including four in central Da Nang, four in neighboring Quang Nam Province, three in northern Hai Duong Province, two in south-central Khanh Hoa Province, and one in central Thua Thien-Hue Province.
Vietnam has registered 1,054 coronavirus patients, including 691 local infections, since the pathogen first hit the nation on January 23.
The number of recovered patients has hit 868, whereas 35 have died as of Tuesday night, most having suffered critical pre-existing conditions.
Vietnam has recorded 551 locally-transmitted cases since the virus re-emerged in Da Nang on July 25, after the country had gone 99 days without documenting a single community-based infection.
Most of these domestic cases have been traced back to Da Nang, a tourist hub on the central coast.
Da Nang authorities started easing social distancing restrictions on Saturday, as the virus has been put under control there after over a month of aggressive contact tracing efforts.
Vietnam is set to reopen commercial international air routes to China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Cambodia, and Laos in the middle of this month.
It began denying entry to foreign nationals on March 22 and suspended international flights from March 25 to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Since then, charter flights to the country have only been arranged to bring in experts, skilled workers, and diplomats, and to repatriate Vietnamese citizens stranded in other nations and territories due to the pandemic.