Number of COVID-19 cases in Vietnam rises to 174

March 28, 2020 | 20:00
As of the end of March 28, five more patients tested positive for the COVID-19 epidemic, increasing the number of infections in Vietnam to 174.
number of covid 19 cases in vietnam rises to 174
More COVID-19 infections were discovered tied to Bach Mai Hospital

Three of the new COVID-19 patients were infected in Bach Mai Hospital. They include the family members of patients and a staff member working at the hospital kitchen.

The 170th patient is a 27-year-old man in Kim Son district, Ninh Binh province. Since early March, he has been working at a new urban area of the conglomerate Vingroup in Gia Lam district. He shared accommodations with four men there, and often communicated with the supervisor of the project. At the moment, he was still feeling well, without any cough or fever.

Around March 14 and 15, he returned to his hometown by Grab Bike (to Giap Bat bus station), and the Duc Long bus service travelling to Ninh Binh. On March 20, he and two of his uncles took his father from Ninh Binh General Hospital to Bach Mai Hospital. During March 20-23, most of the time he ate at the No.1 canteen of the hospital. Then he returned home via Giap Bat bus station and Duc Long bus. He came down with a fever in the evening of March 23 and was taken to Kim Son General Hospital. Two days later, his test came back positive for the epidemic.

The 172th patient is the daughter-in-law who took care of Patient 133 for 23 days in Bach Mai Hospital. She has no cough, no fever, and no difficulty breathing.

The 174th patient worked in Bach Mai Hospital's canteen and interacted with numerous people. She had contracted fever and cough for days before being taken to the hospital.

As a result, there are 11 COVID-19 infections related to Bach Mai Hospital, including two nurses (the 133rd and 161st patients), two family members of patients in the hospital (162nd and 163rd), two service staff (168th and 169th), and three new cases.

The hospital has strengthened measures to control the epidemic from spreading, like stopping receiving new patients and quarantining the entire hospital without anyone coming in or coming out.

The Ministry of Health also requested that all patients and their families who visited Bach Mai Hospital over the last 14 days, should isolate themselves and inform health authorities.

Additionally, the 171st patient is a 19-year-old student in Ward 10, District 11, Ho Chi Minh City. She returned from the US after transiting in the Philippines on March 13. She shows no symptoms and was told to quarantine at home. Ten days later, the health authority of the district took a sample from her and the test reported positive for the novel coronavirus on March 28. She is quarantined at home.

The 173rd patient is a woman who lived in Moscow and came back on March 25. She was taken to the isolation area in FPT University in Thach That district, Hanoi. She has fever, along with a cough and tiredness, and has been undergoing treatment at the hospital.

As of the end of March 28, there have been 174 cases pf COVID-19 infection in Vietnam, including 21 people already cured, and seven who are waiting to be discharged from the hospital in the next two days. 51 patients undergoing treatment have tested negative several times already.

Hanoi reports the highest number of cases (61), followed by Ho Chi Minh City (45 cases).

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