|Hospitalised in Hanoi on March 7, the female patient, 64, dubbed as patient 19 in Vietnam, is considered a severe case, but to doctors' surprise she has gone on recovering considerably and is set to be discharged in a couple of days
The 28-year-old patient, a Vietnamese citizen of Nghe An province, flew to Vietnam from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on May 3.
He was among 297 Vietnamese citizens boarding Vietnam Airlines flight VN0088 from the UAE to Vietnam’s Can Tho International Airport.
All the returnees were transferred to a concentrated quarantine facility in Bac Lieu province in the Mekong River Delta as soon as they landed in Vietnam.
Seventeen of them were found on May 7 to have contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease.
The latest case had shown no coronavirus symptoms such as a high temperature or a cough until he tested positive for the deadly virus on May 13.
Currently, all 18 patients from the UAE are receiving treatment at the General Hospital of Bac Lieu province. They are in stable health condition.
Earlier on May 15 the Ministry of Health announced that 24 out of more than 340 Vietnamese citizens who returned from coronavirus hit Russia on May 13 had been exposed to the virus.
As of May 15, Vietnam had recorded a total of 313 coronavirus cases, with 173 cases entering from epidemic-hit countries worldwide. No new locally transmitted infections have been reported for the past 29 days.
At an online Cabinet meeting in Hanoi on May 15, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc warned that although Vietnam has brought the novel coronavirus epidemic under control with no new community infections for nearly a month, localities remain highly vigilant as the disease is evolving in a complicated manner globally.