A Vietnamese man, 61 year-old, who lives in Hai Chau District of Da Nang city has been reported as the latest case of COVID-19 in Vietnam, bringing the country total to 418.
He is now on ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation). Authorities have yet to confirm the source of transmission, the Health & Life newspaper, a state-run media reported.
Saturday evening, the country also reported one new case of COVID-19. The five-year-old patient was on flight VN5062 to Vietnam from Russia landing at Cần Thơ Airport on July 9 and was quarantined immediately after entry.
Her samples were taken on July 10 and July 17 and came back negative. On July 24, her third sample was sent to Pasteur Institute in HCM City and came back positive on July 25. She is now being treated at Bac Lieu General Hospital. Vietnam News Agency reported.
On Saturday, a suspected Covid-19 case in Da Nang was confirmed infected, ending Vietnam’s 99-day streak of no community transmission.
“Patient 416” is a 57-year-old man in Da Nang who has tested positive with the novel coronavirus five times as of Saturday morning, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said.
The patient is a retired man living with his wife, daughter, her husband and a 18-year-old grandson in Lien Chieu District. He said he has not left Da Nang in recent months, but went to three healthcare facilities and attended a wedding in Hai Chau District from July 7 to July 20. 105 people who had had close contact with the patient have been tested by the Da Nang Center for Disease Control (CDC).
According to the VNExpress, Da Nang authorities have put Hospital C under lockdown, with no admissions or discharges allowed. The city has closed its airport from international flights and is preparing large-scale testing among the community.