As many as 54,966 are under health monitoring or quarantine, of them 280 are kept at hospitals, 7,020 in quarantine facilities, and 47,666 others at home or places of residence.
Earlier on April 24, the 247th patient was released from the Lung Hospital in southern Dong Nai province after making a full recovery.
To date, fifteen cases tested negative for the virus once and two negative twice and above.
Since the first case was detected in the country three months ago, no deaths have been caused by the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, the nation has recorded five cases testing positive again for the deadly virus after recovery.
Among the five cases relapsing, patient 188 was released from Ha Nam General Hospital on April 16 after her results came back negative twice. She was put into isolation for two weeks, during which she was under health observation by the Hanoi Centre of Disease Control, re-tested repeatedly at the National Hospital for Tropical Disease in Hanoi, however, the results were positive on April 21.
Patients 52 and 149 were declared full recovery by Hospital No.2 in the northern province of Quang Ninh on April 16 and remained in quarantine there for another two weeks. On April 21, their test results returned positive after they retested for the virus.
Patient No 137 was discharged from the National Hospital for Tropical Disease in Hanoi on April 7 after testing results came back negative three times over the course of April 3-5.
On April 23, the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology in Hanoi confirmed that the tests results were positive again, and the patient was hospitalized again.
Patient 36 from the southern province of Binh Thuan was confirmed to fully recover on April 10 after testing negative three times. The patient’s test results came back negative twice before a third test on the final day of the quarantine showed positive results. The patient is being placed into isolation for further health monitoring.
Amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam told an April 24 meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control that the risk of transmission in the community remains quite high despite the country’s epidemic containment efforts.
He also underlined the need for continued vigilance as the disease had broken out again in many places previously despite having controlled it. He urged people to continue strictly following the Prime Minister’s directions and the health sector’s regulations.