No new COVID-19 cases over 12 hours, death toll at 25
The Ministry of Health said the epidemic in Da Nang, the epicenter in the country’s largest outbreak, seemed to be under control as the number of confirmed infections has decreased over the past few days.
As of 6.00hrs August 19, Vietnam has registered 649 community acquired cases, including 509 cases tied to the Da Nang outbreak. The remaining 340 cases were infected with the virus before they returned to Vietnam.
The new outbreak has spread to 15 cities and provinces since the SARS-CoV-2 virus recurred in Da Nang three weeks ago. Da Nang is the hardest hit locality, recording more than 300 cases, followed by Quang Nam, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Duong and Ha Noi.
Of the 989 cases Vietnam has confirmed since January this year, 525 cases have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery. The remaining 464 cases are receiving treatment at medical facilities across the country with 100 cases having tested negative at least once.
The death toll caused by the disease has risen to 25 after one more fatality was announced on August 18. Most of the fatalities were elderly people who suffered from serious illnesses such as end-stage kidney cancer, severe pneumonia, diabetes and multi-organ failure.
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