Of the new infections, four community transmissions in Da Nang aged from 30-65, include one being a care taker at Da Nang Hospital, one being a small trader at Hoa Cuong wholesale market in Da Nang's Hai Chau district, and the remaining two in Hai Chau and Hoa Vang who are under further investigation.
Among the two imported cases, one is a returnee from Taiwan (China) and the other returning from Equatoria Guinea, and both were put into isolation after entry.
The same day, as many as 53 COVID-19 patients were declared to have fully recovered from the virus, taking the national count of recoveries to 520.
Among the patients receiving treatment at medical facilities nationwide, a total of 100 tested negative for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 at least once or multiple times.
As of 6 pm August 18, Vietnam registered a total of 989 positive cases, including 340 imported ones, and 649 domestic infections, of which 509 cases are linked to the Da Nang coronavirus outbreak since July 25.
More than 87,670 people having returned from abroad or coming into close contact with infected people are in quarantine at different health facilities nationwide.
Since July 25 when community transmission returned to Vietnam, Da Nang, the nation’s current COVID-19 epicenter, has recorded 354 locally transmitted infections, followed by the nearby province of Quang Nam with 94.
HCM City has not recorded any new cases of community transmission or any COVID-19 death in recent times, showing that the city has initially put its outbreak under control.
With the latest updates, of the active cases in treatment, there have been 25 deaths, including one confirmed on August 18 morning. Most infections so far are linked to the outbreak in Da Nang.