COVID-19 Updates (July 13) in Vietnam: Two new cases isolated shortly after entry

In the afternoon of July 12, Vietnam recorded two new cases of Covid-19, who were two Vietnamese citizens returning from the Russian Federation. After tested, they were immediately isolated in Bac Lieu.
July 13, 2020 | 10:03
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Vietnam recorded 2 new COVID-19 cases (Photo: Baoquocte)

Two new cases isolated immediately after entry

Case no. 371 was a female patient, 36 years old, living in Nam Sach district, Hai Duong. Case no.372 is a 31-year-old female patient living in Me Linh district, Hanoi.

On July 9, both patients flew from the Russian Federation to Vietnam on flight VN5062. After entry at Can Tho International Airport, they were isolated in Bac Lieu Province.

On July 10, patients were sampled and tested positive for SAR-CoV-2. Currently, two patients are being isolated and treated at Bac Lieu General Hospital.

As of 18 hours on 12-7, Vietnam has recorded 372 cases of Covid-19, of which 232 cases were isolated immediately after entry.

From 6 hours on 16-4 to 18:00 on 12-7, Vietnam has passed 87 days without any cases of infection in the community. The total number of people having close contacts and coming from epidemic areas being under health monitoring (isolation) is 11,009.

According to a report of the Subcommittee on Treatment, the National Steering Committee for Prevention and Control of Covid-19, out of 22 cases being treated at health facilities, there are currently four cases negative for SARS-CoV-2.

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The British pilot case is the symbol of Vietnam' success in controlling the pandemic (Photo: AP)

Foreign press: The British pilot case is the symbol of Vietnam' success in controlling the pandemic

Vietnam’s most seriously ill COVID-19 patient, a British pilot who at one point seemed close to death, left hospital on Saturday on his way home after a dramatic recovery that attracted international attention.

The New York Times praised the combat against Covid-19 in Vietnam, saying that the British pilot patient was a symbol of the nation's comprehensive effort to the pandemic.

According to an article posted on 12/7, pilot Stephen Cameron, 43 years old, was on his way back to the UK after Covid-19 treatment lasted more than three months. The author wrote: "Mr. Cameron was overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vietnamese people, the dedication and professionalism of the doctors".

Reuters also closely followed the situation of pilot patients in Vietnam. According to this news agency, during the past two months, Vietnam has tried its best to cure the worst case of Covid-19.

"As the majority of Covid-19 patients recovered, to avoid the first death, Vietnam mobilized many resources to support the rescue of British patients. Dozens of people have signed up to donate their lungs.", the news agency wrote.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on July 12 sent a congratulatory letter to Cho Ray Hospital, Ho Chi Minh City. In the letter, CDC US representative said: "We congratulate Cho Ray Hospital for successfully treating" 91st patient "- the nCoV-infected pilot- in February. Among a lot of unhappy news about the situation, it was great to see Cho Ray Hospital receiving such positive international media attention ".

Upon returning home, the pilot was accompanied by two doctors during long flights totaling 32 hours. Doctors also carried 6 spare oxygen tanks and medical equipment, closely followed the patient's health situation to promptly handle emergencies that may occur on the aircraft.

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Ms. Nguyen Thi Le, Chairwoman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Council, in the questioning session with the Department of Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: PLO)

Ho Chi Minh City launched a series of solutions to revive tourism after the epidemic

According to Mr. Bui Ta Hoang Vu, Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Tourism, in the next 6 months, the domestic tourist market can recover 80% from the previous COVID-19 epidemic thanks to many solutions to stimulate domestic tourism.

In the questioning session with the Department of Tourism of Ho Chi Minh City, delegates of Ho Chi Minh City People's Council asked many questions for the Department leaders, most of these questions focused on things solutions to restore tourism after the epidemic season.

"Ho Chi Minh City is implementing a series of solutions to restore the domestic tourist market such as launching tourism stimulus programs with a deep discount of up to 70%; preparing to organize the City Tourism Festival. Ho Chi Minh City in mid-July with the participation of 50 enterprises across the country to the city offering domestic tours; connecting the region, signing comprehensive tourism cooperation agreements with the southwestern provinces, The South East and other provinces have many specific actions plans to build inter-regional and inter-route tours, which are aimed at reducing prices and attracting the attention of tourists but the quality of tours does not decrease to stimulate the needs of tourists' summer travel; deploying the application of information technology in the sale and sale of products to travel businesses affected by the epidemic ", answered Mr. Bui Ta Hoang Vu.

With a series of such solutions, Mr. Bui Ta Hoang Vu said that in the last 6 months, the domestic tourist market is expected to recover 80% compared to the time before the COVID-19 epidemic. In addition, waiting for the conditions allowed, the city tourism industry will be open to welcome international visitors again based on a set of safety criteria being built to ensure safety for domestic and foreign tourists.

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