COVID-19 in Vietnam, update on 1st June


As of Monday morning, Vietnam has gone 46 days without community transmissions of COVID-19. Since the global pandemic first hit the country in January, it has recorded a total of only 328 infections and no fatalities associated with the disease.

One new recovery was reported over the weekend, adding to the total recovery count of 279. This leaves Vietnam with only 49 active COVID-19 patients at the moment.

Among these 49, the 43-year-old British man known as Patient 91 continues to be the most severe case, having suffered multiple organ failure. According to doctors, though, his conditions have shown continuous signs of improvement over the past few days.


1 new COVID-19 patient reported over the weekend



1 new COVID-19 case has been reported amongst Vietnamese citizens repatriated from Russia
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Image credit: Vân Đồn International Airport

The latest COVID-19 case in Vietnam was recorded by the Ministry of Health on Saturday morning. This is a 1-year-old boy who flew back from Russia on 13th May on a flight organized by the Vietnamese government to repatriate stranded citizens.

31 other passengers on the same flight as well as 2 flight attendants have previously been found positive for COVID-19. With all people on the flight quarantined immediately upon landing, however, there is no risk of community transmission.


1 new recovery



2 COVID patients who were previously treated at the Tây Ninh General Hospital
Image credit: Tây Ninh General Hospital

One new recovery was also reported in the southern province of Tây Ninh yesterday, bringing the total recovery tally of Vietnam to 279.

The newly recovered patient, recorded as Patient 315, is a 39-year-old man who illegally returned to Vietnam from Cambodia in early May via an unmonitored trail. He was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on 15th May and treated at the Tây Ninh General Hospital.

With Patient 315 now discharged, the Tây Ninh Province currently has no remaining COVID-19 cases. All 18 people who have had direct contact with Patient 315 have shown negative test results for the virus.

The patient will continue to remain in isolation for another 14 days for further monitoring.


Patient in critical condition continues showing signs of improvement



Patient 91 is now conscious and can respond to doctors
Image credit: Chợ Rẫy Hospital

The 43-year-old British man known as Patient 91 is the only COVID-19 case that remains in critical condition in Vietnam.

First hospitalized on 18th March after testing positive for COVID-19, the man suffered from a cytokine storm – a condition where the immune system overreacts to the virus and causes severe damage to his body. Previously, it was reported that his lungs lost 90% of their capacity.

While the patient was declared free of the coronavirus on 19th May, multiple organs in his body have been damaged and he still requires special care. Thankfully, doctors from the Chợ Rẫy Hospital, where the patient is being treated at the moment, have found that his condition has been continuously improving in the past few days.

On 27th May, the hospital reported that the man had regained consciousness after being in a coma for 2 months, and since then, his vital numbers have gotten considerably better. His lungs are now 40% functional, and he can now move his neck and fingers.


Vietnam’s COVID-19 update on 1st June


Prior to Patient 91, another COVID-19 patient, a 64-year-old woman whose heart stopped beating for 40 minutes at one point, also made a miraculous recovery and was discharged from hospital last Wednesday. We are glad to see that Vietnamese doctors are leaving no one behind and are doing everything in their power to save the patients.

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Cover image adapted from: Vân Đồn International Airport, Chợ Rẫy Hospital

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