A 71-year-old COVID-19 patient with several underlying conditions has passed away in the southern Vietnamese province of Tay Ninh, marking the country’s 62nd coronavirus-related death.
The patient, coded No. 8,217, hailed from the Mekong Delta province of An Giang, Nguyen Van Cuong, deputy director of the Tay Ninh Department of Health, confirmed on Thursday morning.
She returned to Vietnam from Cambodia along with her daughter and granddaughter on June 2.
They were brought to a quarantine facility in Trang Bang Town, Tay Ninh following their arrival.
The three family members were confirmed as COVID-19 patients after testing positive on June 4 and were admitted to the medical center in Tay Ninh’s Ben Cau District for treatment.
The elderly woman had a history of hypertension, diabetes, and osteoarthritis.
Her condition worsened on June 10, while an X-ray scan revealed that her left lung was seriously damaged.
Doctors at Tay Ninh General Hospital coordinated with their counterparts at the Ben Cau District medical center to treat the patient.
They also consulted doctors from the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
The patient was given intensive care and breathing support, but eventually passed away on Monday.
This is the country’s 62nd coronavirus-related death and Tay Ninh’s first since the beginning of the pandemic.
The Ministry of Health has yet to confirm this fatality.
Vietnam has documented 12,014 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday afternoon, with 4,590 recoveries, according to the health ministry’s statistics.
The country has recorded 8,781 local infections in 40 provinces and cities since April 27.