Monday, 03 August, 2020

Vietnam reports biggest jump in COVID-19 cases, mobilises health team

Vietnam records first COVID-19 death after virus re-emerges - state media Vietnam reports first virus death after months of successful countermeasures
Deanna Wagner | 01 August, 2020, 11:12

By Saturday morning, Vietnam has recorded 558 Covid-19 cases, including 182 active patients after 373 have recovered. It has grown to 93 confirmed cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, and forced authorities to reimpose virus restrictions.

Vietnam on Friday reported 45 new coronavirus infections in the city of Danang, marking the country's biggest single-day jump in cases, as the health ministry sent more health experts to the central city in a bid to combat the outbreak.

On Thursday, Hanoi started mass coronavirus testing.

Late on Friday, Hanoi authorities said restaurants and supermarkets could remain open but must implement social-distancing measures. The 45 new cases, aged between 27-87, include 33 patients related to Da Nang Hospital, four from Da Nang Lung Hospital, two from Da Nang Oncology Hospital, four from a hotel where Da Nang Hospital's hemodialysis patients are quarantined in Son Tra district, and two at Cam Le health clinic. More than 90 cases connected to the hospital have been reported in the past week. The death is a jolt to the country that had won global praise for its handling of the pandemic-it acted aggressively before its first confirmed case by, among other things, closing its borders.

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Some experts say Vietnam could be paying for complacency after its initial success stopping the virus, with normal service quickly resuming, face masks used less and domestic travel surging.

18 other patients, all older people with chronic diseases, are in critical condition, according to the Ministry of Health.

Some outlets published new articles shortly afterwards which said the man had died from a heart attack and underlying illnesses, as well as COVID-19.

The current wave is traced to Danang, but the source is unclear. "We must be responsible for the entire community".