COVID-19 UPDATE: Coronavirus cases in Vietnam surpass 200 mark

VOV.VN - The Ministry of Health on Monday (March 30) afternoon reported that a further nine people have been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in Vietnam, bringing the total number of infections in the country to 203.

Out of the new cases, seven people are working for Truong Sinh Co. Ltd., that has provided services for Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi.

A patient who had visited the hospital for medical check-ups also contracted the virus. The last patient tested positive for the coronavirus after entering Vietnam from Greece.

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Bach Mai, one of the country’s largest general hospitals, has received special public attention over the past few days after a coronavirus outbreak occurred there on March 20.

As of 18.00hrs March 30, there have been a total of 33 confirmed infections linked to the hospital, with most of them employed to work for Truong Sinh company.

Health authorities decided to impose a complete lockdown on the entire hospital, in order to stem the coronavirus from spreading further.

However, experts fear the hospital is faced with a high risk of community infection as more than 5,000 of its patients have been sent to northern health facilities after first infections were confirmed.  

Thousands of samples have been taken for testing and most of them have now come back negative. Yet, the number of infections is expected to keep rising in the coming days.

Elsewhere, a further 30 coronavirus patients, including 27 in Hanoi, were released from hospital on March 30 after making a full recovery.

Vietnam has to date recorded a total of 203 coronavirus cases, of whom 55 have been discharged from hospital. The remaining patients are now receiving treatment at health facilities across the country, and most of them remain in stable health condition. 

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