Vietnam Covid-19 death toll rises to 27

By Le Nga   August 22, 2020 | 11:47 pm PT
Vietnam Covid-19 death toll rises to 27
An ambulance car gets disinfected in Da Nang, August 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong.
A 73-year-old woman in Da Nang with previous comorbidities has become Vietnam's 27th Covid-fatality.

"Patient 577" is a resident of Lien Chieu District in the central city of Da Nang.

She died of septic shock and multi-organ failure due to pneumonia caused by Covid-19, and she had a history of final-stage kidney failure, high blood pressure, heart failure, and thigh bone fracture, the Health Ministry said Sunday afternoon.

The patient had suffered chronic kidney disease for eight years and had undergone dialysis twice a week for the past four years.

She was treated at the Department of Renal Medicine at the Da Nang Hospital from July 21 to 24. She also broke her leg during this period.

On July 29, she felt tired and had breathing difficulties; and was subsequently diagnosed with Covid-19.

Two days later, she suffered severe respiratory failure. She was put on a ventilator and received intensive care.

On August 4, she was transferred to the field hospital in Hoa Vang District.

On August 22, she fell into a deep coma and died the next morning.

Vietnam has recorded 1,014 Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. Of the deaths, the oldest patient was 93 and the youngest 33. All of them had suffered different chronic diseases for years, with renal failure being the most common.

Vietnam now has 423 active patients after 563 recoveries.

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