Four more COVID-19 patients recover

Wednesday, 2020-04-08 15:31:46
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Three of four COVID-19 patients in Ho Chi Minh City given the all-clear on April 8, 2020. (Photo: suckhoedoisong.vn)
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NDO – Four more COVID-19 patients were declared as recovered on Wednesday (April 8), bringing the total number of recovered cases in Vietnam to 126, accounting for 50% of all cases.

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Among the four patients, three were treated at the Can Gio hospital for COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City. Two of them are South African nationals (patients No. 125 and 126), and one Vietnamese (patient No. 152).

The trio had their second negative test results for SARS-CoV-2 on April 6, thus becoming eligible for the all-clear.

The fourth patient, a 60-year-old Vietnamese (patient No. 153), was treated at the Cu Chi acute respiratory disease hospital, also in Ho Chi Minh City. The patient was declared recovered after three negative tests for SARS-CoV-2 virus.

The newly-cured patients will continue to stay in quarantine and have their health monitored for the next 14 days.

Vietnam has had 251 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning, including 156 people returning from abroad (accounting for 62.6% of the total). Among them, 126 have recovered, bringing the recovery rate in the country to over 50%.

More good news is that there are eight cases having registered one negative test result, while 17 others have tested negative twice.

Stay alert with infection cases in the community

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam chairs a meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on April 8, 2020. (Photo: VGP)

During an online meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam asked for vigilance regarding some COVID-19 infections that have been discovered in the community in recent days.

The committee members agreed that in addition to outbreaks in Buddha bar (Ho Chi Minh City), Bach Mai Hospital (Hanoi) or at concentrated isolation camps, caution should be shown toward every new infection case discovered in the community, along with continuous review of each object and attempts at perfecting the mechanism for monitoring and tracing the risks of disease infection.

Delegates at the meeting suggested to maintain the consistent principle that has been implemented thoroughly since the beginning of the outbreak: preventing, detecting, isolating, localising and stamping out any outbreak, stressing that this is a constant strategy.

Vietnam Airlines repatriates EU citizens, carries medical support to Europe

Vietnam Airlines operated two special flights carrying EU citizens and Vietnam’s medical support for five European nations to Germany on April 6 and 8.

The national flag carrier said on April 8 that the flights were sponsored by the German Government and conducted by the German Federal Foreign Office in coordination with the airline.

The flights, using Boeing 787-10s, departed from Vietnam for Frankfurt on the mornings of April 6 and 8. They carried a total nearly 600 passengers, all EU citizens.

The flight on April 8 also carried medical supplies from Vietnam for the governments and people of Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK in the fight against COVID-19, the airlines said.

Vietnam Airlines noted the flights were important to European nationals stranded in Vietnam since all regular flights from the Southeast Asian nation to international destinations have been suspended.

By repatriating the passengers and carrying medical supplies, they also helped strengthen diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the European countries, and enhanced coordination in the COVID-19 fight, the firm added.

Earlier, Vietnam Airlines also carried donations of medical supplies to Laos and Cambodia.