A second person has died in Vietnam, with cause of death related to COVID-19, Health Ministry confirmed.
The 61-year-old man, known as patient 437, had a number of underlying conditions including chronic renal failure, hyper tension, diabetes, heart issues and gout.
His death was confirmed by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Friday night.
Four days ago he tested positive for coronavirus and was put on a life support machine on Wednesday.
But he lost his fight for life on Friday afternoon at Da Nang Hospital.
The cause of death has been determined as septic shock, multi-organ failure, respiratory arrest in pneumonia patients and chronic renal failure. He was undergoing dialysis periodically with conditions including hypertension, gout, and finally COVID-19.
He is the second person to die from a coronavirus related condition. Earlier on Friday a 70-year-old man suffered a heart attack during treatment for COVID-19.
The country of 96 million had gone 100 days without infection before an unexpected cluster of new cases surfaced in the popular central resort city of Danang a week ago.
On Friday, the Steering Committee reported 82 new cases, bringing the total number of positive patients to 546.
There are currently more than 53,000 quarantined at hospitals, health centres or isolated at home, according to Vietnam News.
Analyzing the new wave of infection, experts are of the opinion that it originated in Da Nang though they have yet to identify who spread it into the community and how.
Many Covid-19 patients under treatment in the city have had their health conditions escalating worse much more quickly than what the nation’s health sector has experienced. Most of those patients are elderly people with chronic diseases.