|Vietnamese citizens land at Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh province from coronavirus-hit Russia
The latest confirmed patient (No 325) is a 34-year-old Vietnamese woman residing in the northern province of Ninh Binh. She was confirmed to contract the SARS-COV-2 virus in Russia and was cured before returning to Vietnam. On May 13, the patient landed at Van Don Airport on flight VN0062 from Moscow.
Her first test result was negative for SARS-COV-2 at Hai Duong Centre for Disease Control and her second test result came back positive on May 21. She then tested positive by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology. Currently, the patient is isolated to undergo treatment at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hai Duong city.
There have been 32 COVID-19 cases in total from VN0062 flight on May 13 so far and they were all quarantined immediately after landing in the country, including 27 passengers isolated in Thai Binh, 2 in Hai Duong, 1 in Quang Ninh and 2 flight attendants in Ho Chi Minh City.
According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, a total of 267 patients have gone on to make a full recovery from the deadly virus, with no deaths nationwide.
Among the 58 positive cases under treatment, six have tested negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus once and 4 others twice.
More than 15,412 patients having close contacts with confirmed patients or entering from COVID-19-hit areas are in isolation, including 58 at hospitals, and the rest at concentrated quarantine facilities, and at homes.
Regarding information about the health of patient 91, a British pilot under treatment at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Dr Nguyen Tri Thuc - Director of Cho Ray Hospital said the patient is still severe as he is still completely dependent on the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO) while his lung infection has not been controlled yet.
The patient was diagnosed with advanced acute respiratory distress syndrome, Burkholderia cepacia pneumonia, blood fungus infection, and acute kidney damage. Doctors have decided to temporarily stop dialysis for him so far.
Earlier on May 23, a total of 80 Vietnamese citizens who had recently returned to the country from the United States have tested negative for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and successfully finalized their quarantine period in the northern province of Hoa Binh.
After being permitted to leave the quarantine facility, each person will now be kept in quarantine at home as they undergo a further mandatory 14-day isolation period.
The country has recently received a large number of Vietnamese citizens returning from epidemic-hit countries. However, they are all put in quarantine right after their arrival so there is no risk of community transmission.