Vietnam has just recorded one more death from coronavirus while the number of new infections per day rose to a new record, causing many residential and local communities to be locked down to prevent the spread of the disease in a new outbreak.
On May 16, the number of new COVID-19 infections in the community in Vietnam increased by 187, a second new record in just one week. According to the Ministry of Health, most of the new infections are people who were isolated before testing positive for coronavirus. As of May 17, Vietnam has a total of 4,298 infections and 37 deaths from COVID-19, according to statistics from the ministry.
The latest death announced by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control on May 17 is a 34-year-old patient. According to Tuoi Tre, this patient was being treated for trauma after a traffic accident at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi and contracted COVID-19 before passing away on May 16. The Ministry of Health confirmed that this man died of respiratory failure due to severe pneumonia, along with sequelae of traumatic brain injury from a traffic accident.
A day earlier, Vietnam recorded its 36th death related to coronavirus when an 89-year-old woman died of severe pneumonia caused by COVID-19, according to VietNamNet. This patient was also taken to the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases with a diagnosis of respiratory failure, severe pneumonia caused by SARS-CoV-2 along with the underlying medical condition, diabetes, but passed away on May 15. It is known that this patient is from the Thuan Thanh district of Bac Ninh province, which is considered a “new outbreak” in the 3rd outbreak of domestic community infections in Vietnam.
These are the first two deaths related to COVID-19 after more than 9 months without patients dying from the virus originating from Wuhan of China in Vietnam.
According to information from the Ministry of Health cited by Thanh Nien, there have been 27 provinces across Vietnam that have recorded community transmission cases in the new outbreak that started on April 27. The blockade is applied in many places across the country. The entire Thuan Thanh district, including 17 communes and 1 town, has been placed in a state of medical isolation blockade to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic since May 9, according to the Government electronic newspaper. Meanwhile, in Hai Duong, 71 residential areas and 9 villages, and 2 communes have also been blocked because of COVID-19 infections in the community.
The second outbreak of community infections in late July and early August last year caused Vietnam to have dozens of more deaths from COVID-19. The outbreak originated in Da Nang by people believed to be illegal immigrants to the Central region and spread the disease in the community. Since then, Vietnam has tightened its control over land and sea borders with neighboring countries such as Laos, Cambodia, and China.
Entry controls to Vietnam have been strengthened in recent weeks as the number of people brought into Vietnam illegally continues to increase amid the pandemic and the wave of COVID-19 outbreaks in neighboring countries. neighboring Cambodia and Thailand.
However, Vietnam still records cases of illegal entry or bringing people “inside” through different routes. Recently, according to Tien Phong’s record, the Dong Nai Provincial Police Department’s functional forces discovered 5 Chinese people hiding in a carton box in the luggage compartment. These people were determined to illegally enter the border in Cao Bang province, then move through Bac Giang on the way to Ho Chi Minh City. These Chinese nationals were taken to the concentration area for medical examination before being handed over to the Immigration Department of the Dong Nai Provincial Police.