COVID-19 Updates (August 21): Removing case 944 from the list of COVID-19 infection

The Ministry of Health said that case 994 has no history of returning from the pandemic area, not related to the outbreak, and has not been in contact with the infected people
August 21, 2020 | 08:47
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Hospital E to return to normal operations from 9:00 am on August 20 (Photo: Tuoi Tre)

No infection recorded in the morning of August 21

The National Steering Committee for the Prevention and Control of the National epidemic of COVID-19 at 6 a.m. on August 21 states that no new cases have been reported.

The total number of people under health monitoring and quarantine is 100,569. 542/1007 COVID-19 patients are declared cured. Among the cases under treatment, there are 114 patients have had 1-3 times tested negative for the virus causing COVID-19.

There were 25 deaths nationwide. Most of the deaths in Vietnam so far are the elderly, on the basis of serious diseases such as end stage chronic kidney failure, end-stage blood cancer that does not respond to chemicals, coronary syndrome, respiratory failure. acute, polyarthritis, hypertension, chronic adrenal insufficiency, type 2 diabetes, sepsis, pneumonia, exhaustion, multi-organ failure.

The 944th case is removed from the list of COVID-19 infection

On August 20, the test results performed by the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases and the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology showed that the patient 994 (male, 87 years old, residing in Phu Tho) was negative. calculated against SARS-CoV-2 virus. With the confirmed test results of the two above units, the Ministry of Health removed the 994 patient case from the list of people infected with SARS-COV-2.

However, he is still being monitored at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Leaders of the Ministry of Health said that this is one of the notable cases for hospitals when patients present with fever, cough, difficulty breathing and other COVID-like symptoms.

After receiving negative results of case 994, the Treatment Subcommittee (National Steering Committee for Disease Control COVID-19) allowed Hospital E to return to normal operations from 9:00 am on August 20, cited by Tuoi Tre.

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A COVID-19 testing site in Hai Duong (Photo: Tien Phong)

Da Nang starts to gain control over COVID-19 beak

On August 20, Mr. Huynh Duc Tho, Chairman of the People's Committee of Da Nang City, met with the delegation of the Ministry of Health before the delegation left Da Nang after more than 20 days of efforts to support the city in preventing and combating the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said: "With the strengthening of the medical force and equipment, basically, up to now, Da Nang city has well assumed and significantly improved the capacity of monitoring, testing and treatment.", quoted by Tien Phong.

Son assessed that the COVID-19 epidemic in Da Nang City was initially controlled, and at the same time gave recommendations on implementing pandemic prevention and control in the coming time. In particular, it is emphasized that the authorities and people continue to drastically implement measures to prevent pandemic as issued by the state and local authorities in the past time.

COVID-19 outbreak in Hai Duong: Basically put under control

As for the outbreak in Hai Duong, up to now, 12 cases have been recorded. Up to the present time, the outbreak in Hai Duong has basically been controlled. The Ministry of Health is continuing to coordinate with localities in urgently implementing tracing, testing and zoning to quickly stamp out the epidemic.

Mr. Nguyen Dac Vinh, Deputy Chief of the Communist Party Central Office, said that so far, the localities where COVID-19 appears in the community have not shown any more complicated signs. The Steering Committee said that in the coming time, it is necessary to continue to analyze and forecast the spread and control capacity. Localities need to learn from experiences, raise caution, strengthen their defense systems, detect early, quickly localize them to reduce the level of pandemic spreading in the community.

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Experts from Bach Mai Hospital accompanied the General Hospital in the northern mountainous region of Quang Nam during the quarantine period. (Photo: MOH)

Quang Nam: Testing capacity increased by 10 times

On the afternoon of August 20, 2020, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son, Head of the Permanent Division of the Ministry of Health's pandemic prevention and control in Da Nang worked with the Quang Nam Department of Health on the prevention of the pandemic. Reporting at the meeting, Dr. Nguyen Van Hai, Director of Quang Nam Department of Health said, currently, Quang Nam province has accumulated 97 records of COVID-19 patients. Basically, the F1, F2 people have been controlled and isolated according to regulations.

In the past month alone, Quang Nam province has tested nearly 70,000 patient samples, and the testing capacity has been upgraded by 10 times. In the first break of COVID-19 in Vietnam, Quang Nam could only test 300 samples per day. However, at the moment, the testing capacity of this province is 4,500 samples per day.

Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son acknowledged and praised the spirit and results of the Quang Nam Health sector in the prevention of COVID-19 over the past time. In particular, he appreciated that Quang Nam's testing capacity was 10 times higher than before. In the coming time, the health sector of Quang Nam needs to check and review the work of isolation in all concentrated isolated areas in the province.

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