An 80-year-old COVID-19 patient in Ho Chi Minh City has passed away this week, marking Vietnam’s 75th coronavirus-related death since the beginning of the pandemic.
The patient, coded No. 9,779, was a resident in Tan Binh District, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control confirmed on Sunday morning.
He had a history of high blood pressure, gout, and Cushing’s syndrome – a type of endocrine and metabolic disorders.
The elderly man lived with his children and tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10. He was admitted to Tan Binh District Hospital for quarantine and treatment.
As his condition worsened later the same day, he was transferred to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.
He had such symptoms as a fever and difficulty breathing and was diagnosed with pneumonia caused by COVID-19 and complications of respiratory failure.
He was given breathing support, dialysis, broad-spectrum antibiotics, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, and vasopressors.
Due to old age and serious underlying conditions, the patient passed away on Saturday despite doctors’ efforts.
The causes of his death were identified as septic shock, pneumonia due to COVID-19, and complications of respiratory failure, with underlying conditions including gout and Cushing’s syndrome.
This is the country’s 75th coronavirus-related death and the 40th in the current outbreak, which started on April 27.
About 50 COVID-19 patients in the country are in bad health and require breathing or outside-the-body life support, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Ten of them have a very poor prognosis, the committee added.
Vietnam has documented 15,325 coronavirus cases as of Sunday morning, with 6,137 recoveries and 75 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.
The country has recorded 11,995 local infections in 48 provinces and cities since April 27.