Vietnam’s new COVID-19 case is imported

On 25th May, Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced a new confirmed imported case of coronavirus infection in the country, lifting the total number of COVID-19 cases to 326.

At the same time, Vietnam has gone without any community transmissions for the past 39 days, from 16th April to 25th May. All newly confirmed cases in the country during this period have been imported and quarantined upon arrival.

To date, 83% of the total confirmed cases have recovered and been discharged.

Case 326 was quarantined upon arrival

Case 326 is a 20-year old Vietnamese lady who returned from France, and is a resident in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City. On 24th May, the patient landed in Tan Son Nhat airport and was quarantined immediately.

After a health check, the patient’s COVID-19 test result came out positive. She is currently being treated in Cu Chi Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

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Cu Chi Field Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
Image credit: Ho Chi Minh City Medinet

Case 325, confirmed one day earlier, is a Vietnamese citizen living in Russia who flew home on flight VN062 carrying Vietnamese nationals from Moscow to Vietnam on 13th May. The patient reportedly contracted the coronavirus, underwent treatment in Russia, and was declared free of the virus before getting onboard the repatriation flight.

After being quarantined upon arrival at Van Don Airport and sent for a health checkup, the patient still tested positive on 22nd May.

The progress of COVID-19 in Vietnam to date

Vietnam reported its first coronavirus case on 23rd January 2020. Thanks to early and effective prevention measures, the country has had the COVID-19 outbreak under control for the past 4 months.

Vietnam is also one of the few countries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has not reported any fatalities to date.

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Image adapted from:  Vietnam’s Ministry of Health

The number of daily new COVID-19 cases has plunged since the 15th May peak of 25 cases, which were all imported and quarantined upon arrival at the airport.

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Image adapted from:  Vietnam’s Ministry of Health

The total number of confirmed cases in the country is standing at 326 cases. As of 25th May, 5 patients have been discharged, upping the total number of discharged cases to 272.  This means 83% of all reported COVID-19 cases in Vietnam have recovered.

Lead a normal but cautious daily life

For a country with a population of over 90 million people, Vietnam has achieved fantastic results in its control of the COVID-19 pandemic. As the number of infected cases is declining, Vietnam is now concentrating on rebooting the economy after months of inactivity.

We can support our local businesses by travelling domestically and enjoying numerous airline and tourism deals.

Meanwhile, keep taking necessary precautions to protect your health and the people around you such as washing your hands regularly and wearing face masks in public, at least until a known vaccine against coronavirus is developed.

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