COVID-19 in Vietnam, update on 11th August

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced no new COVID-19 patients in its daily update this morning, marking the second morning in a row that the country has reported no additional cases.

The total patient count in the country is currently sitting at 847 after 6 new patients were confirmed yesterday evening.

6 new cases and 2 deaths announced yesterday evening

Doctors treating a COVID-19 patient in Đà Nẵng
Image credit: Bệnh Viện Chợ Rẫy

One of the new patients was repatriated from the US and quarantined on arrival, while the other 5 are residents of Đà Nẵng and Quảng Nam, including:

  • A 8-year-old boy from Quảng Nam who is a grandson of a previous patient.
  • 4 people living in Đà Nẵng. Two are family members of COVID-19 patients, while the other 2 are medical workers at the Đà Nẵng Hospital.
  • Another resident of Đà Nẵng whose source of infection is still under investigation.

Meanwhile, Patient 436, a 66-year-old man from Đà Nẵng, and Patient 522, a 68-year-old man from Quảng Nam, are Vietnam’s latest fatalities in the fight against the pandemic. Both men had suffered from other serious health problems before being diagnosed with COVID-19. Patient 436 was at the final stage of chronic renal failure, while Patient 522 had type 2 diabetes and kidney cancer. Their deaths were announced late last night, bringing Vietnam’s death toll to 15.

Đà Nẵng reports first 4 recoveries

The 4 patients discharged from the Đà Nẵng Lung Hospital yesterday
Image credit: Thời Sự VTV

Yesterday, the Đà Nẵng Lung Hospital declared 4 patients free of the novel coronavirus, marking the first recoveries the city has seen in this second outbreak. All 4 are linked to the major COVID-19 cluster of the Đà Nẵng Hospital, including 2 of the hospital’s own workers and 2 caregivers who had visited to take care of sick relatives.

As per regulations, the patients are required to practice self-isolation at home for 14 days following their discharge under the supervision of local medical workers.

According to reports from Đà Nẵng City’s Department of Health, the Đà Nẵng Lung Hospital is currently treating 58 COVID-19 patients. 8 have had 1 negative test for SARS-CoV2, 5 have tested negative twice, 4 have tested negative thrice, and 2 patients have shown negative results 4 times in a row.

Meanwhile, 184 other patients are quarantined at Hòa Vang District’s Medical Center, out of whom 11 have tested negative for the virus once.

Lockdown order on Đà Nẵng Orthopedic Hospital lifted

Medical workers at the Đà Nẵng Hospital for Orthopedic and Physical Rehabilitation help send patients home after the lockdown on the hospital is lifted
Image credit: Đà Nẵng Hospital for Orthopedic and Physical Rehabilitation

Starting from 12AM today, the lockdown order on the Đà Nẵng Hospital for Orthopedic and Physical Rehabilitation and its surrounding streets has been lifted.

The Orthopedic Hospital is one of the 3 adjacent hospitals that make up the biggest COVID-19 cluster in Đà Nẵng. It was put under lockdown on 27th July following the discovery of a COVID-19 patient. Meanwhile, the Đà Nẵng Hospital C, another of the trio, has already opened its doors again after its lockdown period ended last Saturday.

On the other hand, the Đà Nẵng Hospital, which has recorded the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Đà Nẵng to date, will continue to remain under lockdown for now. An official document from the People’s Committee of the city states that restrictions on this hospital will be eased 14 days after the last COVID-19 case is found.

Đà Nẵng continues to practice social distancing

Đà Nẵng residents will continue to practice social distancing until further notice
Image credit: Cổng Thông tin Điện tử thành phố Đà Nẵng

This morning, Đà Nẵng City’s Online Portal published a new official announcement ordering all residents to continue practicing social distancing according to Directive 16 from the government until further notice.

The directive has been carried out throughout the city since 28th July, and bans all public gatherings of more than two people. All businesses save for essential services such as malls, markets, pharmacies, and petrol stations are also shut down under this directive. Although Directive 16 was expected to be lifted after today, since Đà Nẵng is not clear of community infections yet, it makes sense for authorities to extend the social distancing period.

Đà Nẵng is also implementing an odd-even market day policy starting from tomorrow to limit gatherings of large crowds in marketplaces. Once the regulation is imposed, a ticket will be required to enter any market in the city. Each household will receive 5 tickets every 15 days, equaling to one market visit every 3 days.

Visitors are required to fill in their names, addresses, and phone numbers on the tickets. This information will help authorities perform contact tracing if new COVID-19 cases are found in any of the markets.

Vietnam’s COVID-19 situation, update on 11th August

Only 6 new COVID-19 cases were reported yesterday in Vietnam, which represents a significant improvement compared to the daily jumps of 20-40 cases that we’ve been seeing for the past couple of weeks.

Our united effort is no doubt a major factor contributing to the positive developments, so for now, let’s keep up the good work by practising good hygiene and wearing masks in public to protect ourselves and others.

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Cover image adapted from Thời Sự VTV and Cổng Thông tin Điện tử thành phố Đà Nẵng

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