Vietnam records four new imported Covid-19 cases, one death

By Le Nga   August 31, 2020 | 04:28 am PT
Vietnam records four new imported Covid-19 cases, one death
Medical staff takes a sample for Covid-19 test in Da Nang. Photo by VnExpress/Nguyen Dong.
Four new imported Covid-19 cases were confirmed Monday evening, taking Vietnam's active cases to 295, while one person died in Da Nang.

Patients numbered 1041 and 1042, 33 and 32 years old respectively, are petroleum experts from India who landed August 29 at Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport on Emirates flight EK392 from Dubai.

They were quarantined at a facility in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on arrival. Test results a day later confirmed they were positive for the novel coronavirus. They are being treated at the Ba Ria Hospital.

"Patient 1043" is a 29-year-old resident of Vinh Yen District from Vinh Phuc Province who landed August 28 at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport on IndiGo flight 6E6789 from India. She is being treated at the capital's National Hospital of Tropical Diseases 2.

"Patient 1044" is a 62-year-old Indian expert who also landed August 28 in Hanoi on the same flight as "Patient 1043" and was quarantined on entry. After the first test done in the northern province of Phu Tho did not provide a clear result, his samples were tested again at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases 2. The results showed him positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, Vietnam has lost one more patient, authorities confirmed Monday evening, taking the nation’s Covid-19 death toll to 34.

"Patient 1040", a 55-year-old man from Hoa Vang District in the central city of Da Nang, suffered various underlying conditions, including septic shock, respiratory failure with Guillain-Barre syndrome and type 2 diabetes. The man tested negative for the coronavirus three times on August 1, 8, and 14.

On August 27, at 5 p.m., the patient was tested for the fourth time. At around 10 p.m., as his condition worsened, the patient's family asked that they take him home. He died at home at 11:55 p.m. Diagnosis at discharge was respiratory failure, septic shock caused by Guilain Barre syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

On August 28, the fourth test result revealed that he was positive for the virus. The retrospective diagnosis after death was pneumonia caused by Covid-19 with progressive respiratory failure, septic shock caused by Guilain Barre syndrome and type 2 diabetes.

Earlier Monday, authorities had confirmed the 33rd Covid-19 death, that of "Patient 742", a 69-year-old man in Da Nang. He succumbed at the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases to severe pneumonia and respiratory failure caused by Covid-19, septic shock complications, multiple organ failure and heart attack.

Most of Vietnam’s Covid-19 deaths to date have been of patients, aged 28-93, suffering from pre-existing comorbidities like diabetes, heart failure and kidney failure.

Monday marked the second consecutive day for Vietnam without a community transmission since the Covid-19 outbreak resurfaced in the country on July 25.

Of the 1,044 Covid-19 cases reported so far, 295 are active.

The total number of community transmissions recorded to date has reached 690, 550 of them, linked to current epicenter Da Nang, have been confirmed since July 25.

Globally, over 25.3 million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus and the pandemic’s reported death toll has crossed 850,000.

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