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Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (May 2): 14 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours

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May 02, 2021 | 09:21

The Ministry of Health confirmed 14 new Covid-19 patients in the last 24 hours - three community transmission cases, and 11 imported ones.

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Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (May 2): 14 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours
Photo: VNA

14 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours

No cases found this morning, while the Ministry of Health confirmed 14 new Covid-19 patients on May 1 evening - three community transmission cases and 11 imported ones.

Patients 2940-2942 are related to "patient 2899" in the northern province of Ha Nam. The three new patients are being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases 2 in Hanoi. Patients 2929-2939 are Vietnamese who returned from Japan, UAE, Canada, and Romania. They were quarantined upon arrival and are being treated at different hospitals.

Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (May 2): 14 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours
Photo: Nhan Dan

Ha Nam Province schools close amid fresh Covid outbreak

At a meeting of its Steering Committee for Covid-19 Prevention on Friday afternoon, Tran Xuan Duong, vice chairman of the province People's Committee, said students’ safety must be ensured and schools need to hold classes online for the year-end and high school graduation exams from May to July. Ha, Nam schools will be closed from May 3-9 after seven cases of Covid-19 were discovered in the province recently.

Nguyen Thanh Duong, director of the Ha Nam Center for Disease Control, said the province has 10 cases of Covid-19, three of which the Ministry of Health has not announced yet. The three were in quarantine and on Saturday morning, they were tested positive for the coronavirus once.

The outbreak began when patient 2899, a 28-year-old man, returned to Vietnam from Japan on flight VJ3613, arriving at Da Nang Airport on April 7 and being quarantined on entry. After 14 days of quarantine and three negative tests, he returned to Ha Nam on April 22. But on April 24, he began to cough and have a fever and sore throat, and tested positive for Covid-19 on April 29.

Vietnam COVID-19 Updates (May 2): 14 more Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours
Photo: VNA

Vietnam presents 500,000 USD to help Laos battle COVID-19

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on April 30 extended his sympathy to his Lao counterpart Phankham Viphavanh and informed him of the provision of 500,000 USD in urgent aid from the Vietnamese Party, State and people to help Laos battle the new COVID-19 resurgence. In his message, PM Chinh spoke highly of stringent preventive measures applied by the Lao Government, voicing his sympathy over the country’s current hardships and challenges.

In addition to the aid grant, the Government leader of Vietnam requested the Ministry of Health and relevant agencies to promptly share experience in curbing the spread of the pandemic with Laos, along with sending experts and medical supplies that the neighboring country needs in the fight against COVID-19.

The Vietnamese PM expressed his belief that under the leadership of PM Phankham Viphavanh, as well as the determination and solidarity of Lao agencies and people, Laos will soon bring COVID-19 under control for socio-economic recovery and sustainable development. Immediately after the start of the latest COVID-19 resurgence in Laos in April, the Vietnamese Government offered 1,000 sets of protective clothing, 160,000 medical face masks, one RT-PCR machine, and 7,150 testing kits worth about 300,000 USD in total.

The national count remained at 2,942, with 1,587 domestically infected cases. A total of 40,563 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or arrived from pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined nationwide.

Meanwhile, 2,549 patients have been given the all-clear, and the death toll remains at 35. Among the patients under treatment, 19 have tested negative for the coronavirus once, 19 twice and 30 thrice. An additional 1,580 people received shots of the COVID-19 vaccine on May 1.

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