VOV.VN - With the nation successfully treating and curing 15 out of a total of 16 cases of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a Vietnamese American patient is set to be released from hospital on the afternoon of February 21, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH).
|Vietnamese American patient is treated at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, director general of the Administration of Medical Service under the Ministry of Health, said the MOH will be co-ordinating efforts alongside the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases as they prepare to announce another successful case in treating a COVID-19 infected patient.
Following a period of quarantine and treatment, the Vietnamese American man is expected to receive a discharge from hospital at 2pm on February 21.
The case comes after the 73-year old Vietnamese American man transited at Wuhan Airport in China for two hours on January 15. He then entered the country on January 16 where he stayed at a hotel on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai street in District 3 of Ho Chi Minh City.
Within 11 days of entering Vietnam, the man had begun to display signs of a cough and was taken by hotel staff to the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases on January 31.
He was then admitted to hospital due to his poor health condition, with initial test results coming back positive for the COVID-19.
In addition to this, six tourists and eight hotel staff who had come into contact with the patient were also put into quarantine, although each of their test results came back negative for the COVID-19.
Following a period of treatment, the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases stated on February 17 that five of the patient’s test results and throat swab samples had come back negative for the COVID-19. However, he continued to receive treatment at the hospital as a result of other medical issues.
As of February 21, there have been 16 cases of the COVID-19 infection recorded in the country, with 15 out of the 16 cases being successfully cured.
Along with this, there still remains 23 additional cases of people being put into quarantine to undergo strict monitoring as a means of avoiding the virus spreading to the wider community.