COVID-19 UPDATE: Vietnam confirms 6 more cases, total hits 218

VOV.VN -Six more people, including three linked to Bach Mai hospital outbreak, have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, bringing the total tally of infection cases in the country to 218, the Ministry of Health said on April 1 evening.

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Hanoi has set up 10 quick COVID-19 testing stations to early detect any infection after an outbreak occured at Bach Mai hospital more than a week ago
Two of the new patients work for Truong Sinh Co. Ltd., that has provided services for Bach Mai hospital – a hotspot for the coronavirus outbreak in Hanoi.


Another patient has contracted the virus after visiting Bach Mai hospital for medical check-ups. Having a temperature of 38.8oC, the 40-year-old woman self-isolated at home and later tests showed she had been exposed to the virus.

The three remaining patients have been diagnosed with the virus after entering Vietnam from the coronavirus-hit countries of Japan, Germany and Russia.

They are all in stable health condition, said doctors.

Earlier in the morning, the Ministry of Health reported a further five more cases, with one working for Truong Sinh company, one getting infection from a COVID-19 patient, and three testing positive for the virus after flying home from abroad.

As of 07.30pm on April 1, there have been a total of 218 cases of the coronavirus, with no fatalities. More than 60 patients have been cured and discharged from hospital. Dozens of other patients have tested negative for the virus.

As of 07.30pm on April 1, the coronavirus has spread to 25 out of 63 cities and provinces across the country, with a total of 218 cases confirmed and no fatalities reported.

More than 60 patients have been cured and discharged from hospital. Dozens of other patients have tested negative for the virus.

The Prime Minister on April 1 signed a decision declaring the COVID-19 a national epidemic, enabling the government to mobilise more resources for the fight against the epidemic.

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After first three people tested positive for the virus on March 31, about 1,000 residents in Hanoi have rushed to quick COVID-19 testing stations to have their blood samples taken.
The same day, the Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control of Hanoi discussed ways to stamp out the outbreak at Bach Mai hospital.


Nearly 40 people have been infected with the virus since the outbreak occurred at the hospital more than a week ago. Most of the cases are employed by Truong Sinh company to provide services for the hospital.

The city has locked down and disinfected the whole hospital, while tracing patients and their relatives for mass testing.

Out of nearly 1,600 inpatients Bach Mai hospital had sent back to health facilities in Hanoi, 739 patients tested negative for the virus, and 274 other patients are awaiting the results.

The city has also traced approximately 15,700 other people tied to the outbreak, including outpatients, visitors and trainees, of whom more than 13,000 have been placed in quarantine for observation.   

City authorities all stressed the desperate need to adopt more drastic measures to keep the outbreak in check.  

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