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Two more Covid-19 deaths reported in Vietnam

A medical worker conducts a Covid-19 test. The 524th case of Covid-19, a 86-year-old woman, and the 475th patient, a 83-year-old resident of Danang City, were confirmed dead this morning, August 2 – PHOTO: VNA

HCMC – The 524th case of Covid-19, a 86-year-old woman, and the 475th patient, a 83-year-old resident of Danang City, were confirmed dead this morning, August 2, raising the country’s total number of Covid-19-related fatalities to five, according to the Ministry of Health.

The 524th patient, who lives in Quang Nam Province, had suffered from heart and lung failure as underlying health conditions.

Between July 11 and 16, she was receiving treatment at Danang Dermatology Hospital. She was then sent to Danang Hospital after being diagnosed with herpes zoster on July 16. On July 18, she had a fever and was transported to the Binh An General Hospital for treatment.

The patient continued to be transferred to the Hue Central Hospital on July 31 from the Quang Nam General Hospital for Covid-19 treatment. She got critically ill and was reported dead at 5.30 a.m. today.

Meanwhile, another death was confirmed at 5.45 a.m. on the same day due to suffering some underlying heath conditions, including acute coronary syndrome, cholecystitis and high blood pressure, and Covid-19.

On July 17, the patient developed a fever and tested positive for Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, on July 30.



Returnees from Da Nang can go to work after quarantine without COVID-19 testing: HCDC

Ho Chi Minh City residents who recently returned from the central city of Da Nang, Vietnam’s current COVID-19 outbreak epicenter, can get back to work after finishing the required 14-day quarantine regardless of their COVID-19 testing status, the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Diseases Control (HCDC) has said.

Those who have finished the government-mandated quarantine period and exhibit no disease symptoms are eligible to return to their offices, even if they have not been sampled for COVID-19 testing or have been sampled with results still pending, according to an HCDC announcement.

However, these people must strictly take preventive measures, including wearing a face mask when leaving their house or at work, not going to crowded places, not staying in close contact with other people, washing their hands regularly, and self-monitoring their health condition.

In addition, they must keep a detailed record of their whereabouts from the date of leaving Da Nang until their test results are available.

As of Friday afternoon, as many as 13,000 people in Ho Chi Minh City who had returned from Da Nang from July 1 have yet to be sampled for COVID-19 testing, while 3,000 samples have not been tested, HCDC reported.

The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has requested competent district-level agencies to finish sampling all the remaining returnees from Da Nang by Sunday, August 9, and release test results by August 11.

Currently, Ho Chi Minh City has 13 institutions, including eight hospitals, authorized by the Ministry of Health to perform the COVID-19 confirmation test.

Eight more hospitals are capable of conducting conclusive COVID-19 testing and pending health ministry authorization.

The southern metropolis has reported eight COVID-19 cases since July 25, when Vietnam’s first locally-transmitted infection after 99 days was detected in Da Nang.

The central city has since logged 235 infections and seven fatalities.

Nationwide, Vietnam has logged a total of 789 COVID-19 cases, of which 395 have made a full recovery and ten, with underlying conditions, have died.


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Vietnam PM says risk of COVID-19 community spread ‘very high’

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday warned of a “very high” risk of COVID-19 community transmission as he urged national determination, solidarity and responsibility over the next two weeks to stamp out the current outbreak.

The risk of the disease spreading widely in the community in Vietnam remains “very high” for at least the next two weeks, the prime minister said while presiding over a virtual meeting on COVID-19 response on Friday morning.

The number of community-transmitted cases in Vietnam has risen by 333 since July 25, when the detection of a 57-year-old male patient in the central city of Da Nang ended the country’s streak of 99 days with no local infection.

The government chief thus ordered authorities to take greater responsibility and more drastic efforts to contain the pandemic, especially in outbreak hotspots.

Greater determination, solidarity and responsibility from the “entire political system” is needed, he stressed.

Provincial and municipal leaders are permitted to decide on specific measures in order to promptly and effectively minimize infection rates while medical facilities must stay vigilant to prevent the emergence of new COVID-19 outbreaks.

Social distancing must be strictly implemented in all COVID-19 hotbeds and fast and precise testing is the key to contain the spread of the virus, Phuc emphasized.

Phuc also stressed the need to wear a face mask at public places and in big cities, manufacture ventilators, and stay prepared to set up field hospitals in such localities like Quang Nam Province and Da Nang, which are the hardest hit by the current COVID-19 outbreak in Vietnam.

Speaking at Friday meeting, acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long reported that the number of people having installed the contact-tracing app Bluezone, which was domestically developed to track down people having close contact with COVID-19 patients, has shot up recently, especially in Da Nang, Quang Nam, Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and northern Quang Ninh Province.

Over 8.5 million people have installed the app as of Thursday, August 6. The Ministry of Health said the app needs at least 50 million active users to have a meaningful impact on contact tracing.

Notably, 21 cases of people with direct and indirect contact with COVID-19 patients have been traced through the app, Long said.

Vietnam has recorded 789 cases of COVID-19 as of Saturday morning, with 395 recoveries and ten deaths.

More than 166,000 people are quarantined nationwide at hospitals, accommodation facilities or at their homes.


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Vietnam adds five COVID-19 cases Saturday morning, including two imported

Vietnam confirmed five new cases of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on Saturday morning, including three local infections traced to the outbreak epicenter in the central city of Da Nang and two imported cases.

Of the three locally-transmitted cases, patent No. 785 is a 42-year-old man living in Duc Thuong Commune in Hanoi’s Hoai Duc District.

He and his family traveled to Da Nang City between July 16 and 20. 

He developed coughing on Monday and was taken to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District on Thursday, where he was tested for COVID-19.

Results released on Friday showed that he was positive for the novel coronavirus.

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control is expected to release details later Saturday about his travel history after he returned to Hanoi from Da Nang.

Two other community-based cases are people from the central province of Quang Ngai, who came into close contact with COVID-19 patients.

The two imported cases are citizens who were repatriated from Mexico on August 5 on the flight VJ7837, which landed at Cam Ranh International Airport in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa.

They were quarantined upon arrival and sampled by the Khanh Hoa Center for Disease Control on Thursday.

Results released by the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang on Friday showed that both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Currently, they are being treated at Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Vietnam has recorded 789 cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic first hit in January, including 473 local infections and 316 cases imported from other countries.

Up to 333 cases traced to Da Nang have been detected since local transmission re-emerged in the central city on July 25, which ended Vietnam’s streak of 99 days with no community-based infections.

Ten virus-related deaths have been documented in the Southeast Asian country while 395 COVID-19 patients have recovered.

More than 166,000 people are quarantined nationwide at hospitals, accommodation facilities or at their homes.


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