29.06.2020, 10:14

Covid-19 updates in Vietnam (June 29): Over 10,000 people quarantined

Covid-19 updates in Vietnam (June 29): Over 10,000 people quarantined
Illustrative photo: Vnexpress.

According to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, Vietnam has gone through 74 straight days without Covid-19 infections in the community. 

By June 29, Vietnam has 215 Covid-19 infection cases, all return from abroad and have been taken to quarantine. There are 10,027 people who have close contact with positive cases or repatriate to Vietnam from the foreign epidemic areas that are quarantined. Of the amount, 84 people were isolated in hospitals, 9,136 people in other camps, and 807 were allowed to self-quarantine at home. 

Until now, there are 330 out of 353 Covid-19 patients in Vietnam were declared free from the virus, accounting for 93% of the total cases. 

Of those recovered, 49 out of 50 foreign patients were cured. 

British patient thanks Vietnamese doctors for rescuing him.

The remaining patient, a British pilot has undergone treatment at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases and HCM City-based Cho Ray Hospital for 102 days and several times suffered life-threatening emergencies during the treatment.

He had to battle for life as his lungs were seriously damaged due to infection complications. He was put on ECMO, a life support machine.

The Briton has gradually recovered and has tested negative for the coronavirus. He now can breathe unaided, walk, communicate well with others, and has been practicing physical therapy, but doctors said he needs more time for full rehabilitation. The doctors are planning to hold the 6th consultation on his health. 

Last week, The British Embassy in Hanoi has sent a note to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, requesting for repatriation of the British pilot infected with the coronavirus, the most severe case in Vietnam, VOV reported. 

The ambassador thanked Vietnamese doctors for saving the British patient during the past few months and proposed the doctors examine if the patient could travel to his hometown by air.

The ambassador expressed hope the British pilot who is recovering well here in Vietnam will be in good form for the repatriation flight scheduled to depart from Hanoi on July 12.

A Vietnam Airlines aircraft is set to fly to the UK that day to bring home stranded Vietnamese citizens due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With regard to hospital fees, the British embassy said the insurance company that provides services for the British patient, will cover all the cost so that the patient could leave Vietnam with assistance from Vietnamese health specialists. The insurance company has also agreed to arrange doctors to receive the patient when he lands in the UK.

Before the patient leaves for home, leading Vietnamese specialists are to hold another national consultation to see if he is healthy enough for a hospital discharge and for a long flight to the UK.

The patient is poised to return to his hometown in Scotland, the UK. The insurance company recently paid VND3.5 billion for the patient’s treatment cost at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases where he had received treatment from March 18 to May 22.