Three patients with serious underlying health conditions have passed away as the latest COVID-19 fatalities in Vietnam since the pandemic broke out in the country early last year.
The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Thursday noon announced the 103rd, 104th, and 105th deaths in Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang City, and Bac Giang Province, respectively.
The 105th death was a 67-year-old woman in Bac Giang’s Viet Yen District, who was taken to Bac Giang Lung Hospital after having coughing and a sore throat and testing positive for the novel coronavirus on June 3.
The patient, with a history of hypertension and diabetes, was treated for COVID-19 pneumonia but her health conditions were not improved, despite various therapies including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO).
She was transferred to the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, with the diagnosis of septic shock, blood fungal infection, COVID-19 pneumonia, and kidney failure.
The patient died on Monday because of multi-organ failure and septic shock.
The 104th victim, a 72-year-old woman in Da Nang’s Thanh Khe District, was admitted to the Da Nang Lung Hospital on June 19, as she was suffering coughing and an itching and burning throat, before testing positive for SARS-CoV-2, the official name of the virus.
The patient, with a history of diabetes, obesity, heart failure, and severe gastrointestinal bleeding, was diagnosed with critical pneumonia due to COVID-19, resulting in the complication of advanced respiratory failure.
Due to her old age and worse health conditions, she died on Wednesday.
The victim in Ho Chi Minh City was a 74-year-old man in District 4, who was a treated liver cancer patient while also suffering from cirrhosis due to hepatitis C, type-2 diabetes, and hypertension.
After testing positive for the virus on June 17, she was placed in quarantine and treated at Can Gio COVID-19 Treatment Hospital in the namesake district from June 18 until June 25, when she was transferred to Trung Vuong Hospital in the same city.
She exhibited COVID-19 symptoms and was monitored for decompensated cirrhosis, hepatitis C, treated liver cancer, sepsis suspected due to ascites, hypertension, type-2 diabetes, and acute kidney injury.
The patient died on July 3 due to severe COVID-19 pneumonia, complications of progressive respiratory failure, and multi-organ failure.
In a report issued on Thursday noon, the Ministry of Health logged 355 new coronavirus cases, all domestically detected, which have taken the country’s patient count to 23,740, including 8,557 recoveries and 105 deaths, since early 2020.
Among the latest cases, 200 were recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, which has so far documented over 8,900 patients.
Since April 27, when the pandemic’s fourth wave erupted in Vietnam, the country has documented 20,279 domestic infections.