Vietnam confirms two new Covid-19 cases

By Le Nga   September 2, 2020 | 03:28 am PT
Vietnam confirms two new Covid-19 cases
A medical staff takes samples of a woman to test for the novel coronavirus in Quang Tri Province on August 5, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Hoang Tao.
Vietnam recorded two new Covid-19 cases Wednesday, one a community transmission and the other imported, taking the national tally to 1,046.

"Patient 1045" is a 72-year-old man from Gia Loc District in the northern province of Hai Duong. He developed a fever and headache on August 19 and was admitted to the Hai Duong General Hospital on August 30.

He tested positive for the novel coronavirus twice on Tuesday and Wednesday and is now being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District, Hanoi.

It was the first community transmission recorded in Vietnam in four days, raising the number of community transmission in Hai Duong since the Covid-19 resurgence in late July to 17.

"Patient 1046" is a 30-year-old man from the northern province of Thai Binh who works for Nippon Maru, a cargo ship from Japan. The ship docked at the Nha Trang Port in the central province of Khanh Hoa on August 30 and he was quarantined upon arrival.

He tested positive for the novel coronavirus on September 2 and is being treated at the Khanh Hoa Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Of the national Covid-19 tally of 1,046, 746 have recovered. There have been 691 community transmission cases, 550 of them recorded since July 25, linked to Da Nang City.

Da Nang hospitals discharged 11 patients aged 16 to 82 on Wednesday, after they repeatedly tested negative for the virus.

Among the active patients, 117 have tested negative at least once.

The nation has lost 34 lives aged 28-93 to the pandemic, all of them suffering from pre-existing conditions including chronic kidney disease.

Among the active cases, eight are in serious condition, with five on ventilators and two on ECMO. Most of these patients are linked to Da Nang.

Over 66,000 people are currently quarantined - 15,000 are in quarantine facilities, 3,000 in hospitals and the rest at home.

The Covid-19 pandemic has claimed 862,065 lives globally.

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