More COVID-19 patients have tested negative at least twice

by NDO31 March 2020 Last updated at 13:00 PM

A doctor giving the hospital discharge document to a patient who has recovered from the COVID-19 disease in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi District on March 30, 2020. (Photo: VNA)
A doctor giving the hospital discharge document to a patient who has recovered from the COVID-19 disease in Ho Chi Minh City’s Cu Chi District on March 30, 2020. (Photo: VNA)

VTV.vn - There are 31 patients have tested negative for the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, twice or more, among the 149 confirmed cases being treated at 22 medical facilities across the nation, a health official has confirmed.

According to Associate Professor, Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Director of the Medical Services Administration Department (under the Ministry of Health), as of Tuesday morning (Mar 31), Vietnam has recorded 204 cases of COVID-19, of which 55 patients have recovered and been discharged. The remaining 149 patients are being treated at 22 medical facilities and most of them are in stable health.

In addition to 30 recovered patients who were released from hospital on Mar 30, there has been more good news in the treatment of COVID-19 patients this morning, Khue said, confirming that among the 149 patients undergoing treatment, 47 have tested negative at least once, and 31 among them have tested negative two or more times.

Khue also added that two more patients are expected to be discharged in Thua Thien - Hue Province and Ho Chi Minh City today, following their full recovery. They are patient No. 49 who is being treated at Hue Central Hospital and patient No. 54 at Can Gio District Hospital in HCM City.

* On Monday afternoon (Mar 30) Politburo member and Secretary of the Hanoi Municipal Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue chaired a meeting of the committee to review its key tasks, of which the top one is to prevent and control COVID-19. At the meeting, the committee decided to support doctors and staff at Bach Mai Hospital at the maximum level, including arranging centralised isolation for them at local hotels to ensure long-term health care for physicians and doctors in the fight against the epidemic, as well as giving top priority to supporting Bach Mai Hospital in COVID-19 test equipment and costs and organising early testing for all doctors and patients at the request of the hospital from Mar 31.

* Also, on March 30, President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man received donation and materials worth over VND2.5 billion from relevant agencies and donors to support the efforts against COVID-19.

* On the morning of Mar 30, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is Head of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, chaired a meeting of the Steering Committee to discuss coping with the epidemic. The participants agreed to promote the autonomy in treatment regimens, medicines and medical supplies, while proposing to fully equip those involved in epidemic prevention and control with protective gear. Localities were asked to continue to aggressively trace suspected cases for timely isolation, testing and treatment.

* On the same day, the Ministry of Health organised a teleconference with the participation of delegates from over 700 venues across the country to discuss improving the quality of grassroots healthcare amidst COVID-19 prevention and combat. The ministry disseminated and updated a number of technical guidelines on surveillance and prevention of COVID-19, while providing instruction on medical isolation at home and at the concentrated isolation facilities, as well as on infection control in health facilities.

* As of 6:00 on March 31, Vietnam has confirmed 204 COVID-19 cases, with the latest patient being a 10-year-old boy living in HCM City’s District 2.

The boy flew from Prague (the Czech Republic) to Istanbul (Turkey) on Flight 1770 on March 14, and from Istanbul to Vietnam on Flight TK162 on March 15 - the same flight as the 83rd patient.

Upon entry, he showed no symptoms and was transferred to a concentrated quarantine centre at the Military School of Military Zone 7 in HCM City’s District 12. His test on March 18 had shown negative for SARS-CoV-2, which causes the COVID-19 disease.

However, the test result on March 27 was positive. Currently, the boy is being treated at the hospital for COVID-19 in Can Gio District, HCM City.


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