One imported coronavirus case was confirmed in Vietnam on Monday evening, bringing the total to 332, said the Ministry of Health.
The patient was quarantined immediately after entering the country.
Patient 332 is an 18-year-old man from Thường Phước Commune, Hồng Ngự District in the southern province of Đồng Tháp.
He entered Vietnam through the southwestern border on May 25 via Thường Phước Border Gate in Hồng Ngự District. He was put into quarantine immediately at the district medical station.
He tested negative to the disease for the first time on May 26 but tested positive on June 7. He’s now under treatment at the district medical station.
The country has seen no community transmission for 53 days.
More than 9,000 people are under quarantine at hospitals, medical stations and at home. Two new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Vietnam on Monday morning.
On March 13, the two persons left for Mexico from HCM City. Due to border closures and flight bans, they stayed in Mexico until June 4 and then took a flight to Japan the following day. They returned to Vietnam on June 5 on Vietnam Airlines flight VN319. After arriving at Đà Nẵng Airport, they were sent to a quarantine camp in Quảng Nam Province. They tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 on Sunday.
The treatment sub-committee under the National Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Monday afternoon said most of the foreign COVID-19 patients treated in Vietnam had bought tourism insurance and had their treatment expenses paid for by insurance firms.
On average, the expense for treatment for a patient at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases No 2 is VNĐ20-45 million (US$850-1,900). The hospital made a report and sent it to insurance firms, and then they would decide how much money they would pay. They also paid for funds to extend visas.
Two British COVID-19 patients at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases No 2 have had their bills paid for by tourism insurance firms. Patient 26’s treatment cost VNĐ538 million ($23,000), while the bill for patient 23 was VNĐ284 million ($12,190).
As many as 49 out of 50 foreign patients in Vietnam have been declared recovered from COVID-19. Only patient 91 is under treatment at Chợ Rẫy Hospital and he has shown signs of recovery.
This story was originally posted on Vietnam News