A 62-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man died of Covid-19 in Da Nang on Tuesday, the seventh and eighth deaths caused by the pandemic so far in Vietnam.
The seventh death is a 62-year-old woman from Hòa Vang, Đà Nẵng, who had a 10-year history of kidney problems.
She was being treated at the Department of Renal Medicine at Da Nang Hospital from July 18 to July 27 when she tested positive for coronavirus.
The woman was transferred to Huế Central Hospital for treatment on July 30 and the following day suffered shortness of breath, loss of appetite and had problems communicating with people.
In the days that followed her condition worsened and she needed to be placed on a ventilator machine to help her breath. She also suffered multiple organ failure.
She suffered a cardiac arrest in the early hours of Tuesday morning and attempts to resuscitate her failed.
Doctors say the cause of death is end-stage renal failure, septic shock, multiple organ failure and COVID-19.
She is the seventh person to succumb to COVID-19 related issues in the past five days. Vietnam News reported.
According to Health Ministry, the eighth death is a 65-year-old man, he is confirmed to die of end-stage kidney failure, sepsis, acute heart failure and Covid-19.
The man had stayed at the Da Nang Hospital for five months to receive treatment for kidney failure. He was discharged on July 24, but as the city conducted mass coronavirus testing in the wake of new community transmissions, he was diagnosed with Covid-19 five days later.
As he was admitted back to the hospital, he was put on a ventilator. Between July 29 and August 1, his conditions kept worsening. On August 2, his blood pressure decreased gradually during kidney dialysis. On Tuesday morning, he fell into a coma and died at around 9:45 a.m.
Vietnam recorded its first Covid-19 death last Friday. The other six deceased patients were all aged between 53 and 86 and had chronic co-morbidities.
The country has had 652 Covid-19 cases. Of them, 270 are active patients and 374 have recovered, according to VNExpress.