No new COVID-19 cases reported on April 21 evening

Tuesday, 2020-04-21 21:18:30
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A local trader at Minh Khai market in Hanoi’s Bac Tu Liem District undergoes a quick COVID-19 test on April 21, 2020. (Photo: NDO/Nam Giang)
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam recorded no new COVID-19 cases on April 21 evening, making it five and a half days in a row without any new patients, reported the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

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Among 268 cases in 28 cities and provinces, 160 are imported cases, accounting for 59.7%, and the remaining are infections in the community.

The same day, patient 248 at the Cu Chi COVID-19 treatment hospital in Ho Chi Minh City was declared to recover.

At present, only 52 patients are being quarantined and treated at nine health facilities. Among them, 12 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once and eight tested negative twice.

A total of 75,799 people are quarantined or under health monitoring, of whom 268 stay in hospitals, 15,368 in other facilities and 60,163 others at home.

At a press teleconference the same day, the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai lauded anti-epidemic prevention efforts of many countries, including Vietnam.

Kasai said Vietnam has shown the world its effective, drastic and overall leadership through different levels, from the Prime Minister, ministers to local authorities.

Statistics from the WHO showed that Vietnam now has the second lowest infection rate in the Western Pacific, with three cases per 1 million people.

According to the official, Vietnam has not only updated scenarios for each period but also traced down those who had contact with the patients.

He also advised the country to consider lifting restrictions gradually rather than doing immediately.