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Da Nang nears completion of testing household representatives for COVID-19

Da Nang nears completion of testing household representatives for COVID-19

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 17:08 GMT+7
Da Nang nears completion of testing household representatives for COVID-19
Household representatives wait to have their samples collected for COVID-19 testing in Cam Le District, Da Nang City, Vietnam, May 21, 2021. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The Da Nang Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced on Friday evening that it had tested 271,962 local cases, almost equal to the number of households in the central Vietnamese city, for COVID-19 from May 3.

Da Nang currently has more than 276,000 households, of which over 44,000 have at least one member already tested for the novel coronavirus before May 18.

From then to Friday, about 115,000 other households had had their representatives tested.

Of the 115,000 tested people, 32,000 cases tested on Friday were still awaiting results while only seven cases of the 83,000 other samples had their results return positive for the virus.

The source of infection of one case remained unknown while other six cases were direct contacts of confirmed patients.

With this results, Ton That Thach, director of the Da Nang Center for Disease Control, said that the city is considerably clear of COVID-19.

Previously, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh honored the center for its breakthrough in COVID-19 testing.

Da Nang has logged 149 locally-transmitted COVID-19 patients during the current wave of infections.

This fourth wave, which erupted on April 27, follows a month without any known community transmission in Vietnam. 

The country has so far registered 1,962 domestic infections in 30 provinces and cities in this bout, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

The ministry has confirmed 5,013 local and imported coronavirus cases, including 2,689 recoveries, since the virus first hit Vietnam on January 23, 2020.

The pathogen-related death toll mounted to 41, with most having suffered critical pre-existing health problems.

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