Two more Covid-19 cases linked to current hotspots confirmed

By Le Nga   August 23, 2020 | 06:26 pm GMT+7
Two more Covid-19 cases linked to current hotspots confirmed
A medical worker at the Da Nang Hospital, July 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong.
Two new community transmissions in Da Nang City and Hai Duong Province have raised Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally to 1,016.

"Patient 1015" is a 44-year-old woman from Duy Xuyen District of Quang Nam Province, which borders Da Nang.

Between August 6 and 18, she took care of a sick family member at the Da Nang Hospital and had contact with four others who were later diagnosed with Covid-19. She was isolated via contact tracing and tested. Her first test results released August 18 showed she was negative for the novel coronavirus, but the second, done three days later after she ran a fever, returned the opposite result.

"Patient 1016," 33, lives in Hai Duong Town of the eponymous province. He had come into close contact with a woman who was confirmed an infectee after visiting a beef restaurant in town. The restaurant has become a Covid-19 hotspot, linked to 13 cases so far.

The man has been quarantined from August 12 and tested positive twice on August 20 and 23.

The latest infections have increased Vietnam’s active Covid-19 cases to 420. There have been 27 deaths, including one on Sunday.

Since July 25, when community transmissions resurfaced in Vietnam, the nation has recorded more than 500 locally transmitted cases, most of them linked to the outbreak in the central city of Da Nang.

Worldwide, more than 23.4 million have been infected with the virus and more than 809,000 related deaths have been recorded to date.

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