As the novel coronavirus (nCoV) epidemic taking a global scale, Vietnam today announced the successful treatment of three more infected patients, affirming the capacity of the local healthcare sector to fight and treat the virus.
|Three patients successfully cured at Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases |
Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases on February 10 discharged the three nCoV patients after being successfully cured. They are all from the northern province of Vinh Phuc and were members of the eight-member group earlier sent to Wuhan, China for training.
With these three new patents, Vietnam has raised the total number of successfully cured nCoV patients to six.
“We affirm that the healthcare sector is capable of fighting and treating the nCoV outbreak. We are constantly updating on the improved therapeutic regimens, such as treatment experiences from China and Thailand and other new methods, to stay line with the rest of the world,” said Prof. Dr Nguyen Thanh Long, Deputy Minister of Health.
According to the latest update from the Ministry of Health, as of 14 pm of February 10, Vietnam reported 14 people testing positive for nCoV. They include nine people in Vinh Phuc, three in Ho Chi Minh City, and one in the northern central province of Thanh Hoa.
The epidemic has so far been detected in 27 countries with the total number of cases of infection reaching over 40,553, including over 40,171 in China. The deadly virus killed 910 people, including 425 in China. The coronavirus was detected in 382 patients outside of China.
Vietnam’s National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology has announced that it has successfully grown and subdivided the virus in a laboratory. The success will create favourable conditions for the rapid testing of the infected and potential infections.
With this, Vietnam is able to test thousands of samples a day if necessary. At present, the country has over 1,000 Vietnamese people returning from China, and nearly 500 others that have had close contact with infected patients who are being quarantined and waiting for test results.
The success is also a premise for the study and development of a vaccine for coronavirus in the future and for helping make prevention measures more efficient.
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By Bich Thuy