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Vietnam confirms 38th coronavirus-related death

Vietnam confirms 38th coronavirus-related death

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 12:37 GMT+7

A 64-year-old patient in Hanoi died from coronavirus-related complications on Wednesday, raising Vietnam’s COVID-19 death toll to 38.

According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the victim, dubbed patient No. 3,197, was diagnosed with blood infection, liver cancer, hepatitis B, and Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis after she was admitted to the Dong Anh District branch of the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital on May 4. 

In the early hours of May 7, an abrupt lockdown mandate sealed off all three Hanoi branches of the Vietnam National Cancer Hospital after a cluster of COVID-19 cases was discovered at the facility.

Patient No. 3,197 was announced as COVID-19 positive on May 8.

Her medical record also suggested a 10-year history of battling a hepatitis B infection, while her liver cancer was detected four months ago.

She was sent to intensive care and tended to with ventilators, as well as antibiotics, vasopressors, and anti-inflammatory medicines.

Her condition began to deteriorate before she was pronounced dead on Wednesday, despite an attempt by leading medical experts in the country to solve her case during a meeting on Tuesday.

According to doctors, the patient’s death was due to septic shock stemming from her pre-existing conditions. 

This is Vietnam’s 38th virus-related death since the pathogen hit the country in early 2020, according to the Ministry of Health's data.

The country reported its the 36th coronavirus death on May 15, when an 89-year-old woman, recognized as coronavirus patient No. 3,839, also died of underlying health conditions. 

One day later, a 34-year-old man from Bac Ninh Province was logged as the 37th coronavirus associated death in the nation.

All three COVID-19 deaths this year have been found during the fourth transmission wave that broke out on April 27, after Vietnam had gone about a month without any known community transmission.

Thirty-five fatalities were reported in Vietnam last year.

The Ministry of Health confirmed 30 domestic cases of COVID-19 on Thursday morning, raising the national tally to 4,720 patients.

Recoveries have reached 2,687 while 38 patients have died, most having suffered critical pre-existing health problems.

The country has registered 1,678 domestic infections in 29 provinces and cities since April 27.

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