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Vietnam spends over 3 weeks documenting zero local COVID-19 cases, recovered patients near 1,000

Sunday, September 27, 2020, 10:50 GMT+7
Vietnam spends over 3 weeks documenting zero local COVID-19 cases, recovered patients near 1,000
Health workers take a sample from a woman for COVID-19 testing at a hospital in Vietnam. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam reported no new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday morning, with recoveries now nearing 1,000, according to the national government.

This is the 25th day in a row that the country has documented zero domestic infections, the government said in a post on its verified Facebook page, where it frequently gives COVID-19 updates.

The national tally remains at 1,069, with 35 virus-related deaths, most having suffered critical concomitant conditions.

The number of recovered patients has reached 999 as of Sunday morning.

Vietnam has recorded 551 local cases since July 25, when Da Nang confirmed the first community transmission after the Southeast Asian nation had gone 99 days without any domestic infection.

Most of these cases were linked to Da Nang, a beach city in central Vietnam.

The coastal hub and Ho Chi Minh City have both been cleared of all COVID-19 patients following the government’s extensive contact tracing and focused treatment for more than a month.

At the time writing, Vietnam is quarantining 16,829 people who came into close contact with infected patients or entered the country from outbreak-hit regions.

The country has resumed commercial flights to certain destinations, including Thailand, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and mainland China.

Entrants from these places are now required to present certificates proving they tested negative for the novel coronavirus within three days of their boarding flights.

Vietnam began denying entry to foreign nationals on March 22 but the government allows foreign experts, skilled workers, investors, and diplomats to enter the country on a case-by-case basis.

The nation had suspended international flights since 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.

Vietnam currently charges international arrivals for quarantine. It provided the quarantine service for free in the past.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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