COVID-19: 34 more cases confirmed, closely linked to Da Nang hotspot

VOV.VN - Vietnam confirmed on August 7 afternoon that an additional 34 people have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including 32 cases closely linked to Da Nang, the epicenter of the latest outbreak, and two imported cases.

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Twenty-two new cases were reported in Da Nang City alone. They were patients, patient caregivers, and visitors who had contact with the patients.

Eight residents of Quang Nam province, who visited and took care of patients in Da Nang Hospital, were diagnosed with the virus.

Notably, Hai Duong is the 14th locality in Vietnam that has recorded a COVID-19 patient. The 45-year-old man returned from Da Nang to visit his relatives in Hai Duong and tested positive on August 6.

Elsewhere. Hanoi capital announced a case in Phuc Tho district, who also returned to the locality from a Da Nang summer trip. This is the fourth COVID-19 patient in the capital city since the virus broke out in Da Nang two weeks ago.  

The city cordoned off part the village where the patient lives, carried out contact tracing and disinfected the affected areas.

Ho Chi Minh City reported another positive case, a 30-year-old Philippine citizen who recently returned to the city’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport.   

A male coronavirus patient was also announced in Ba Ria – Vung Tau province on August 7. He boarded gas Texiana flagship from Qatar to Vung Tau port on July 28. Nine other people boarding the same ship had previously been confirmed to be carrying the virus.

As of 6pm August 7, Vietnam has reported 784 coronavirus cases, of which 314 cases returned from epidemic hit areas overseas and were placed in quarantine upon their arrival. 10 patients have died of COVID-19 and other underlying illnesses.

As many as 330 cases have been detected since the first locally transmitted infection was announced in Da Nang on July 25. 

Also on August 7, Acting Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long dispatched an urgent telegram, proposing cities and provinces speed up contact tracing and closely monitor all those who arrived and returned from Da Nang from July 1-28.

At a meeting with permanent Cabinet members the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc noted that the following 10 days are likely to mark the height of the country’s fight against COVID-19, and that additional measures should be put in place to prevent the further spread of the virus.


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