Vietnam reports 1st-ever COVID-19 death after new outbreak

Henrietta Strickland
August 2, 2020

The Health Ministry said a 70-year-old man died after contracting the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in the coastal city of Da Nang.

Vietnam recorded its first death from COVID-19 on Friday after winning plaudits worldwide for one of the most successful pandemic responses to containing the novel coronavirus outbreak.

Since then almost 100 people who had travelled to Danang have tested positive across the country, leaving health authorities scrambling to snuff out the outbreak.

The number of "infected people increased at a record figure with new 45 cases" the Suc Khoe Doi Song newspaper, the mouthpiece of the Ministry of Health, said on Friday.

The 45 latest patients, aged between 27 and 87, are linked to three hospitals and two clinics in Danang, according to the health ministry, which overnight sent a special task force of health experts, along with more than 1,000 health workers, to the city to help handle the deteriorating situation there.

New patients are linked to medical facilities in Da Nang, a popular tourist destination. But a week ago an outbreak began at the Da Nang hospital.

Vietnam on Friday reported its first-ever COVID-19 death as the Southeast Asian nation struggles with a renewed coronavirus outbreak after 99 days without any cases. It has grown to 93 confirmed cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, and forced authorities to reimpose lockdown restrictions.

The 65-year-old's latest bid to downplay the pandemic came as Brazil closed in on the grim milestone of 100,000 people killed by the virus, the second-highest death toll in the world after the United States. Hanoi is expected to test about 21,000 people who declared that they had recently returned from Da Nang. "Since coming back, my family and I have quarantined ourselves at home".

In Ho Chi Minh City, the country's southern hub, five people who returned from Da Nang have tested positive for the virus.

This aerial photo shows quiet streets during social distancing in Hoi An, Vietnam.

Hoi An, an ancient town and top tourist destination known for its charming old houses 20 kilometers (12 miles) south of Da Nang, stopped allowing visitors on Thursday because of the outbreak.

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