A woman tested positive for the novel coronavirus after being admitted to a hospital for burn treatment in Ho Chi Minh City last month.
She is being treated for both COVID-19 and burns at Trung Vuong COVID-19 Treatment Hospital, Dinh Phuong Dong, a senior doctor at the infirmary, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Saturday.
The 41-year-old woman, who resides in a locked-down neighborhood in Binh Tan District, was admitted to City International Hospital (CIH) on June 22 after she got burned by boiling water.
The result of her rapid coronavirus test at the infirmary came back positive.
A real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test also showed the same result later the same day.
The patient was transferred to Trung Vuong COVID-19 Treatment Hospital on June 24.
Treating burns in a patient with COVID-19 is quite difficult as doctors have to wear protective clothing when they come into contact with her, Dr. Dong stated.
However, her wound is improving while her respiratory symptoms have also become milder, he added.
Trung Vuong Hospital, located in District 10, was turned into a hospital for COVID-19 treatment on June 17.
The infirmary currently has 400 health workers, of whom 200 are providing direct care for COVID-19 patients, according to Le Thanh Chien, the hospital director.
The health workers are required to stay at a designated hotel after work, Chien added.
The facility has 1,000 beds, including 100 resuscitation beds, and is in charge of treating COVID-19 patients with other health conditions that require specialized treatment techniques.
Vietnam has documented 19,570 coronavirus cases as of Sunday afternoon, with 7,643 recoveries and 86 deaths.
The country has recorded 16,096 local infections in 53 provinces and cities since a fresh outbreak began on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City leads the table in this bout with 5,865 cases.