Two Vietnamese Americans die of Covid-19

By Minh Minh   March 18, 2020 | 05:00 pm PT
Two Vietnamese Americans die of Covid-19
Clean up crews go inside a care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases in Kirkland, Washington, U.S., March 11, 2020. Photo by Reuters/Karen Ducey.
Two elderly Vietnamese Americans living in Washington State nursing homes have died of Covid-19, becoming the first overseas Vietnamese to be killed by the pandemic.

Their deaths have been confirmed by the Vietnamese embassy in the U.S.

One of the victims is a 74-year-old woman, who died Monday, U.S. time, in Seattle City, Washington, the state with the highest Covid-19 deaths in the U.S.

This person was found to have symptoms of the Covid-19, the pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, on March 9 when she was residing at a nursing home. She was hospitalized and died one week later.

The second case has been confirmed as a blind elderly, whose gender has not been revealed, living at another nursing home in Washington. The patient contracted a fever last Thursday before testing positive for the new coronavirus.

Admitted to a hospital the same day, the patient died 24 hours later.

It is reported that the second nursing home had already recorded Covid-19 deaths, but other people who had come in close contact with that victim were not tested and checked.

These two deaths are the first members of the overseas Vietnamese communities that have been killed by the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected 173 countries and territories and has claimed almost 9000 lives.

The number of infections in the U.S. has jumped to 9,261, with 150 deaths.

Vietnam has so far recorded 76 infected cases, including 60 active ones, and no deaths.

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