Vietnam’s last Covid-19 patient discharged from hospital

Wednesday, 2020-02-26 10:15:57
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The last patient who had previously tested positive for Covid-19 in Vietnam so far (centre, in blue) was discharged from the hospital in Vinh Phuc Province on the morning of February 26, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Duc Tung)
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NDO – The last patient infected with the new coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Vietnam was discharged from a hospital in Vinh Phuc Province on February 26.

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N.V.V, 50, was also the last Covid-19 patient in the northern province recovered from the deadly virus. He is from Binh Xuyen District’s Son Loi Commune – the epicentre of Vinh Phuc’s Covid-19 outbreak with six among 11 confirmed cases in the province having been discovered so far.

N.V.V was infected with Covid-19 from his daughter, N.T.D, a 23 year-old worker of Nihon Plast Vietnam Co., Ltd., who was infected during her training course in China’s Wuhan City – the epicentre of the global coronavirus outbreak. N.T.D recovered and was released from the hospital on February 10.

Her father was put into isolated treatment at Quang Ha Regional General Clinic in Binh Xuyen from February 13 after being confirmed positive for Covid-19. Thanks to the active treatment regime, the patient's health has been stable, with two recent tests showing negative results with Covid-19, signalling that he was eligible to declare he had recovered.

N.V.V and another 15 Covid-19 patients across the country who have previously been released will continue to be under follow-up medical surveillance.

Up until now, 11 patients who had tested positive for Covid-19 in Vinh Phuc and five other confirmed cases nationwide have all recovered. Vietnam has not found any new infections since February 13.

Meanwhile, localities across the nation are still strengthening measures to prevent the coronavirus from spreading.

On Tuesday (February 25) evening, Politburo member and Secretary of Ho Chi Minh City Municipal Party Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan attended a meeting by the city’s Covid-19 Prevention and Control Steering Committee.

As of February 24, in Ho Chi Minh City, three Covid-19 confirmed cases have recovered and without any cases of infection spreading into the community. All suspected cases and those having close contact with these cases were tested negative.

Speaking at the meeting, Nhan said if the disease spreads, it is really a burden for the city. Therefore, local authorities need to carry out their early detection, prevention and isolation task well to avoid the risk of infection and the outbreak of the disease.

* The National Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control said that it had agreed to apply preventive measures for those coming from epidemic areas in the Republic of Korea (RoK). Medical declarations have been applied to all visitors coming from or going through the RoK, while timely detecting those with fever, cough and shortness of breath or people coming from or passing through Daegu City and North Gyeongsang Province to give them medical isolation. Those from the RoK, especially people coming from or going through Daegu and North Gyeongsang entering Vietnam from February 9 should be monitored and isolated under the Ministry of Health (MoH) instructions.

People returning from areas outside of Daegu and North Gyeongsang are advised to self-monitor their health and immediately go to medical facilities for isolation and treatment if they have a fever, cough or shortness of breath.

* In order to provide emergency assistance to overseas Vietnamese workers, especially in markets where Covid-19 epidemic is occurring, including the RoK and Japan, the Department of Overseas Labour under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs has launched a mobile app named COLAB SOS to help connect Vietnamese guest workers. Users can download the application directly on CH Play or App Store from their cell phones to receive help in case of emergencies amidst the disease prevalence abroad.

* On February 25, the centralised isolation facility at the Vinh Phuc Province’s Military School (Regiment 834) released 82 citizens who completed their 14-day quarantine period to exclude Covid-19 infection. During the isolation, they were monitored and underwent medical tests twice with all of them showing negative test results for Covid-19. They will continue to be quarantined at home in the next seven days under the supervision of the local health stations.

The Military Command of Vinh Phuc Province disinfect a coach before transporting people to a quarantine area for surveillance against Covid-19 infection. (Photo: NDO/Duc Tung)

In Vinh Phuc, there are 1,460 Korean and Japanese people working at nearly 300 local agencies and businesses, in addition to a large number of overseas students and labourers who are expected to return home in the coming days. The province has built several plans in preventing and controlling the epidemic.

* Also on February 25, the Department of Health of Dak Lak Province said that up until now, the province has isolated 31 people returning home from epidemic areas or who have had close contact with those returning from Covid-19 areas. Among them, all 15 cases in concentrated isolation at local health facilities have been released after showing negative test results following 14-day isolation period, while three home isolation cases have passed 14 days of isolation and the remaining 13 cases are still being monitored.

On the same day, the Dak Lak Provincial Health Department also announced that the locality had discovered, isolated and successfully treated two cases infected with influenza A/H1N1.

* On Tuesday evening, 20 passengers from the RoK were flown back to their home country on a flight run by budget carrier VietJet, one day after their arrival in the central city of Da Nang. They are among 80 passengers, including 58 Vietnamese and two Thais, who arrived on a flight from Daegu city on February 24.

They had been kept under quarantine at Da Nang’s Lung Disease Hospital since February 24. Before their departure, the passengers received health screenings and certificates provided by the local medical sector.

For the two Thai tourists, if they need to leave the country, Vice Chairman of Da Nang People's Committee Le Trung Chinh said that they will be treated similar to Korean tourists.

* On February 25, Quang Ngai Provincial People's Committee said that it had decided to allocate nearly VND4.4 billion from the local budget reserve for 2020 to purchase seven ventilators for the prevention and control of Covid-19. Quang Ngai Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs said that there are 968 foreigners staying in the province, including 75 Koreans and six Japanese, all with normal health.

* On the same day, Hanoi Department of Education and Training said that it has directed the implementation of an online teaching system for 9th grade students with seven subjects to prepare for the 10th grade entrance examination. The system is designed for students to complete the content for students in grades 11 and 12. Besides, the Hanoi Department of Education and Training also said that parents do not have to pay tuition fees during the month-long break due to Covid-19 prevention.

* Thanh Hoa Provincial Department of Education and Training has said that 100% of local schools have sprayed disinfectants, of which 897 schools have sprayed chemicals for a second time. Educational institutions in the province have informed students and parents to let local students leave school until February 29 to ensure the effectiveness of Covid-19 prevention and control.

* On February 25, the Ministry of Industry and Trade proposed the Ministries of Transport and Finance to take measures to support businesses and farmers to overcome difficulties and relieve congestion in commercial activities due to Covid-19. Accordingly, the Ministry of Industry and Trade requested the above-mentioned ministries to review taxes and fees and reduce transportation costs, while working with shipping lines to reduce freight service costs to support manufacturing and logistics enterprises.

* On Tuesday, the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) adjusted the service standards for its flights on the Vietnam-RoK route to limit the risk of Covid-19 infection, as well as ensure the health of passengers and VNA’s staff. Passengers from the RoK are given a health declaration form and recommended to use face masks during their flights. The airline temporarily stopped providing meals, newspapers and pillows on flights, while keeping the cabin temperature at 26C. All aircraft after returning from the RoK are disinfected. VNA flights to the country will return to Vietnam immediately and the flight crew will not carry out entrance procedures to the RoK.

* On the same day, the Airports Corporation of Vietnam required airports to continue implementing measures to prevent and control Covid-19. Accordingly, flights originating from the RoK and Japan will be strictly managed as separate aircraft parking lots will be arranged for them with all aircrafts to be sprayed with disinfectant after completing the flight service. Passengers will be diverted so that they can undergo full medical examination, while their luggage will be disinfected. Waste from aircraft must be sprayed with disinfectants before being put into prescribed transhipment area.

* Also on Tuesday, the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV) requested credit institutions to proactively review and assess the extent of damage of borrowers due to Covid-19 to restructure loan repayment and reduce interest rate. They were asked to temporarily maintain the debts to customers affected by the epidemic who are having repayment period from January 23 to March 31, until the SBV issues its next regulations on the issue.

* According to the MoH update, this morning over 41 countries and territories outside China have recorded Covid-19 infections. In particular, several European and African countries have reported their first confirmed cases.

As of 10 am on February 26, there are 80,995 people worldwide infected with Covid-19, including 2,763 deaths. In mainland China alone, 78,064 people were infected in 31 provinces and cities, of which 2,715 died. After China, the RoK has the second highest number of infected cases with 1,146 people infected in 17 provinces and cities, of which 11 died. However, Iran has the highest death rate among all infected cases, with 15 deaths out of 95 infected cases.

In Vietnam, a total of 16 people have been confirmed positive for Covid-19 but all of them have recovered. Over the past 13 days, no new infected cases has been recorded in Vietnam. The total number of Covid-19 negative tests was 1,304 cases. There are 5,675 people with close contact with suspected cases or those returning from the epidemic areas are under medical monitoring.