Vietnam says it has stopped community transmission of Covid-19, effectively eliminating the virus.
The Vietnam Ministry of Health confirmed no new coronavirus cases Saturday evening, marking the 16th consecutive day that the country has seen no community transmission of Covid-19.
Of the 270 patients recorded so far, 217 have been discharged and 53 are undergoing treatment, including 14 relapsed patients.
Among the active ones,12 have tested negative once and nine twice. VNExpress, a local media reported.
Of the relapses, five are in Hanoi, six in Ho Chi Minh City including the latest two cases confirmed on Saturday. The northern province of Quang Ninh has reported two relapsed patients and the south central province of Binh Thuan one.
So far, Vietnam has gone through eight days without new infection cases. The latest patients, announced last Friday evening, were both students studying in Japan who returned to the Van Don Airport in Quang Ninh on April 22. They were quarantined on arrival and are now under treatment at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.
Nearly 30,000 people are quarantined in the country – 244 in hospitals specialized for Covid-19 treatment, over 5,500 at centralized facilities and the rest at home.
The health ministry also said three critically-ill Covid-19 patients in Vietnam have overcome ‘the most difficult stage.’
The Covid-19 pandemic has spread to 212 countries and territories, with almost 240,000 deaths reported so far. VNExpress‘ Le Nga reported.
Life back to normal, tourist sites reopened to visitors as life back to normal
After nationwide social distancing campaign stopped, tourism services have been resumed on the World Heritage site of Ha Long Bay from May 1 after a virus prevention period.
More localities including Hoi An, Hue, Sapa, and Hanoi, etc. have re-opened their tourist sites after being suspended for weeks for Covid-19 prevention.
At some tourist sites, health check-up stations have been set up in the areas to take body temperatures of all visitors.