The latest confirmed case (patient 335) is a 24- year-old man with address in Khoi Ky commune, Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province, who has been living and working in Kuwait for 2 years.
On June 16, the patient transited from Qatar and entered Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on Bamboo Airways H9092 flight. He was immediately quarantined after arrival, and is now receiving treatment at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in HCM City after his test result came back positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
Earlier on June 16, a further two patients suffering from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were released from hospital, bringing the overall number of fully recovered cases to 325, or 97.3% of all patients with no fatalities recorded as a result of the deadly virus.
Of the total 335 cases confirmed, 195 were imported and the remainder were community transmissions.
7,250 cases having close contact with registered patients and entering the country from epidemic-hit areas are being kept in quarantine.
According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, the remaining 10 active cases are undergoing treatment at hospitals nationwide, including five having tested negative for the virus once or at least twice.
Meanwhile, the British pilot patient known as the nation’s 91st COVID-19 patient, continues to make good progress towards recovery as he is capable of standing and is undergoing physical therapy twice a day, according to Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital.
| The British patient extends his sincere thanks to Vietnamese doctors who have devotedly cured and taken care of him during the long treatment period
Also on June 16, Associate Professor Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the health ministry's Department of Medical Examination and Treatment and deputy head of treatment subcommittee under the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control paid a visit to and encouraged the 43-year-old British pilot as well as medical workers who taken care of him at Cho Ray Hospital.
With his full consciousness and good verbal communication, the British patient extended his sincere thanks to the Vietnamese doctors who have devotedly cured and taken care of him during the long treatment period.
He has so far come off the ventilator for five days, and stopped using antibiotics doctors said, adding that he still needs more time to recover. During the recovery process he may suffer new episodes of infection.
The 91st patient has been under treatment for nearly three months and was transferred from the Hospital of Tropical Diseases to the Intensive Care Unit of Cho Ray Hospital on May 22 with severely damaged lungs.
He is the final foreign patient under further treatment after being cured from the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the most critical coronavirus patient in Vietnam.