Another 18 patients of Covid-19 were confirmed Tuesday evening, with 17 linked to Da Nang and one repatriated from Equatorial Guinea, raising active cases to 288.
Sixteen patients, numbered from 653 to 668, are Da Nang residents between 8 to 93 years of age.
Eight of them were diagnosed with Covid-19 when staying in quarantine in Da Nang after they had contact with infected cases, five are family members who had taken care of patients at the Da Nang Hospital, one is a medical worker at the Da Nang Hospital for Women and Children, one works as a guard at Da Nang Central Bus Station in Lien Chieu District and used to have a health check at the Family Hospital in Hai Chau District.
“Patient 669,” a 50-year-old man, lives in Quang Vinh Ward of Bien Hoa Town in the southern Dong Nai Province. He is a doctor at Dong Nai General Hospital and while visiting a family member at the Internal Medicine Department of the Da Nang Hospital recently, he had contact with a person who was later diagnosed with Covid-19.
“Patient 670,” also 50, is among 219 Vietnamese workers that were brought home via a repatriation flight from Equatorial Guinea on July 29. All passengers on this flight were sent to quarantine upon entry in Hanoi. 20 other passengers on the flight had been confirmed infected earlier.
With the 18 cases added, Vietnam has recorded 670 Covid-19 cases, 288 of them active and 374 have recovered, including four confirmed Covid-19 free on Tuesday afternoon.
Since last Friday, eight Covid-19 patients have died, including two on Tuesday morning, after contracting the new coronavirus at hospitals in Da Nang. They are all over 50 and have suffered from chronic diseases for years.
In the past 10 days since Covid-19 community infections resurfaced in Vietnam, Da Nang alone has recorded 158 cases, its neighbor Quang Nam Province got 44, HCMC had eight, Dak Lak in the Central Highlands and Quang Ngai in the central region had three each, Hanoi and Dong Nai two each, while northern Thai Binh and Ha Nam provinces reported one each.
More than 698,200 have died of Covid-19 around the world.
Reporting by Le Nga @ VNExpress