A 32-year-old man died in a concentrated isolation facility in the southern Vietnamese province of Dong Thap on a background of tuberculosis and exhaustion on Tuesday morning, after his first real-time RT-PCR test results had returned negative for the coronavirus.
Doan Tan Buu, deputy chairman of Dong Thap, on the same day confirmed the death of C., 32, hailing from Thap Muoi District, at Hong Ngu College, which had been requisitioned for COVID-19 quarantine purposes.
C. was paid to go fishing in the southernmost province of Ca Mau and Malaysia and visited a number of other Vietnamese localities before returning to his hometown and being sent to the college for such quarantine on June 8.
At that time, he had a normal body temperature and a sore throat with physical exhaustion.
As the man began to feel tired, lose his appetite, and his health condition worsened on June 9, he was transferred to Hong Ngu Regional General Hospital for further isolation and treatment.
His real-time RT-PCR test result on the same day showed that he was negative for the pathogen.
Doctors at Hong Ngu Regional General Hospital diagnosed the man with tuberculosis and exhaustion.
He was treated there for four days before he was transferred back to the previous centralized quarantine facility as his condition became quite stable on June 14.
However, the man suffered exhaustion and appetite loss again afterward.
He was found dead at 6:00 am on Tuesday when medical staff came to his quarantine room to measure his body temperature.
The results of the forensic examination determined that the man died from respiratory failure and heart failure on the background of pulmonary tuberculosis, according to Buu.
The provincial medical authorities collected samples from the deceased man to conduct an additional real-time RT-PCR test for COVID-19 before carrying out cremation to hand over his ashes to his family.
Dong Thap has recorded only one local coronavirus infection in the ongoing wave of community-based COVID-19 cases, which broke out in Vietnam on April 27.
The country has documented 10,495 local infections across 43 out of its 63 provinces and cities ever since.
The national tally has reached 13,782 cases, including 12,065 domestic and 1,717 imported infections, since the eruption of the pandemic in the Southeast Asian nation on January 23, 2020.
Recoveries have hit 5,546 while 69 people, most of whom had pre-existing medical conditions, have died.