COVID-19: No new cases in 36 hours, six in critical condition

by VOV31 August 2020 Last updated at 09:58 AM

VTV.vn - For the first time Vietnam has recorded no new coronavirus cases during the past 36 hours while six cases are in critical condition and tied to a death risk.

In its coronavirus update at 06.00hrs August 31, the Ministry of Health reported Vietnam has been safe from the virus over the past 12 hours, keeping its tally of infections unchanged at 1,040.

In its report released at 18.00hrs August 30, the ministry also announced no new cases had been detected in the country over the course of 24 hours. Sixteen patients were discharged from hospital during the day, bringing the total number of recoveries to 695.

As of 06.00hrs August 31, Vietnam has confirmed 690 cases of community transmission, including 550 cases linked to the Da Nang outbreak.

The virus recurred in Da Nang city, a famous tourist destination in central Vietnam, on July 25 and it has since spread to nearly 20 cities and provinces across the country. The disease has now been brought under control.

According to the Ministry of Health, as the outbreak has spread locally, it is imperative to swiftly conduct contact tracing and quarantine suspected cases in order to prevent the spread of the virus in the community.

Currently health facilities are monitoring and treating 313 patients, of whom 115 have tested negative for the virus at least once.

However, the ministry said six out of 11 severe cases are in critical condition and they are at a high risk of death. They were all locally transmitted and closely linked to the Da Nang outbreak.

At present Vietnam has reported 32 deaths. Most of the deaths were elderly people who suffered from serious diseases such as end-stage chronic kidney failure, end-stage blood cancer, coronary syndrome, acute respiratory failure, polyarthritis, hypertension, diabetes (Types 2), sepsis, pneumonia, and multi-organ failure.


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