COVID-19 Updates (September 24): Last patient in Da Nang released from hospital
|Patient 936 (L) waves at a medical worker of the Hoa Vang hospital on September 23 when preparing to return home (Photo: VNA)|
No news cases, 991 patients cured
The 6 am newsletter of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 prevention and control says that on September 24, Vietnam records no new COVID-19 infection in the community. Thus, Vietnam has gone through 22 consecutive days of not recording new community cases.
Currently, 20.590 people are in quarantine and health monitoring, 991 patients nationwide have been cured. Death toll stays at 35. Among patients under treatment, 9 cases have their first-time negative test with SARS-COV-2, 6 cases have been test negative twice and 10 cases have 3 times negative.
Last COVID-19 patient in Da Nang released from hospital
The last COVID-19 patient in Da Nang city to recover from the disease was discharged from hospital on September 23. Patient 936, admitted to the Hoa Vang COVID-19 treatment hospital since August 15, tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 three times and will be quarantined at home for a further 14 days.
Today is the 26th straight day Da Nang has been free of any community transmission of COVID-19. The city was the scene of the latest outbreak in Vietnam, which began on July 25, according to Tien Phong.
Dr Dang Cong Quyt from the Hoa Vang COVID-19 treatment hospital said it handled the largest number of patients in mid-August - nearly 200 at a time. Despite concerns about the lack of specialised medicine and the number of patients with underlying health conditions and related fatalities, thanks to support from medical experts and hospitals in other localities, the hospital managed to cure its patients, he noted.
|VIetnamese flown home from Japan. (Photo: VNA)|
Australian broadcaster praises Vietnam's effort in controlling COVID-19
According to Vietnam Plus, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) on September 23 ran an article, saying Vietnam has gone more than two weeks without a single case of coronavirus via community transmission, effectively beating the virus for a second time.
"From an early stage, communications about the virus and the strategy were transparent,” it said.
ABC quoted Tran Ba Linh of Bath University and Robyn Klingler-Vidra of King's College London, who said that Da Nang locals had "donated money, food and essential goods to the city's largest hospital, which was the epicentre of this second wave.”
"Vietnam is still being expected to be one of the few countries that will continue to grow in 2020, while the rest of the world is being projected to enter into recession," the ABC cited the international consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers as saying.
Over 220 Vietnamese citizens flown home from Japan
Over 220 Vietnamese citizens were flown home from Japan on a repatriation flight of Vietjet Air on September 22 as a joint effort of competent authorities of both nations.
The passengers included children under 18, the elderly, people with illnesses, pregnant women, workers whose contracts have expired, students without accommodation due to dormitory closure and those in difficult circumstances.
The Vietnamese Embassy in Japan sent staff to help the citizens with pre-departure procedures at the airport.
Upon their arrival at Da Nang International Airport in the central city of the same name, all the crew members and passengers were given medical checkups and put under quarantine in line with regulations.
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