COVID-19: Vietnam confirms three new coronavirus infections, 17th fatality

VOV.VN - The nation’s total number of COVID-19 infections rose to 866 after an additional three cases of entry from Japan were diagnosed with the novel coronavirus, while the 17th COVID-19 death were confirmed, the Ministry of Health said on August 12.

On August 10, the patients entered Van Don Airport from Japan on flight VN331 and were taken immediately to Hai Phong city for testing.  Their test results were reported positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus by the Hai Phong City Preventive Medicine Center one day later.

The new patients are residents of Nghe An, Hai Duong and Nam Dinh provinces and being isolated to receive treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

Also on the early morning of August 12, a 55-year-old male patient, a resident of Da Nang, died of severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19. He also suffered from type 1 diabetes, end-stage chronic renal failure, septic shock, multi-organ failure, according to the Ministry of Health.

With the latest deceased, Vietnam has had 17 COVID-19 fatalities, with all of them being local transmissions linked to the Da Nang outbreak and having suffered various chronic diseases, mostly renal failure, for years. They were in the age group of 33-86.

Of the total infections, 399 have fully recovered from the deadly disease, 321 were imported which were put in quarantine right after arrival, and 17 have died of underlying health issues and coronavirus.

Of the 451 cases under treatment, 61 have tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus at least one or several times.

Meanwhile, during a working session with the Border Guard High Command on August 11, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, head of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control, asked authorities of border localities to work hand in hand with the border guard and public security forces to keep a close eye on people entering Vietnam, urging them to be drastic, not apathetic and neglectful in pandemic prevention work.

Deputy Commander of the Border Guard Major General Le Duc Thai told the meeting that the illegal movement across the land border remains complicated despite Vietnam having imposed restrictions of entry and compulsory quarantine for those entering the country as a means of combating the pandemic.

Over the course from February 2 to August 7, as many as 16,530 detected illegal immigrants were handled and were put into quarantine to prevent the possibility of spreading the virus to the wider community.

The border guard force will continue to tighten controls on border gates, trails, crossings, patrols, and checkpoints at major and complicated locations, Thai added.

Vietnam has so far recorded 405 community infections across 15 cities and provinces, including Hanoi and HCM City since the resurface of the novel coronavirus on July 25 in the Da Nang outbreak spot.