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Vietnamese returnee: ‘It’d have cost me a fortune if I had been in the US’

05:55 | 09/06/2020

Ms. N.P.L, 19, known as “patient 323” in Vietnam, was surprised by the dedication of Vietnamese doctors during her treatment, saying she didn’t have to pay a penny for the treatment.

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N.P.L, patient 323 in Vietnam (Photo: Dan Tri)

N.P.L is one of the six nCoV-hit patients at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases to be declared free of the novel virus Monday morning.

L tested positive for nCoV during her quarantine time at the Center for Security and Defense Studies, Ha Noi National University. She had earlier repatriated Vietnam from New Jersey, the US, on May 16 and was sent straight to the quarantine zone upon the arrival.

“I’m very lucky and happy to be repatriated to Vietnam because, you know, as an oversea student, I really wanted to return home country when the pandemic broke out”, the patient told Dan Tri.

The positive test results came as a surprise to her back then, as she was asymptomatic. Therefore, L said she was very worried on those first days at the quarantine zone.

“My worries, however, disappeared quickly thanks to the attentive care from the doctors and medical staff”, she said.

“Plus, I’m very grateful for not having to pay a penny for the treatment fees. It’d have cost me a fortune if I were in the US”.

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Six recovered patients at National Hospital of Tropical Diseases June 8 (Photo: Dan Tri)

All the six patients are qualified to be declared free of the virus in accordance with the Health Ministry’s regulations (at least Two consecutive negative tests for SARS-CoV-2, stable clinical condition). Some with pneumonia also see a complete return to normality. All will be quarantined for another 2 weeks at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases.

Vietnam tags 9 new recovered COVID-19 patients on Monday, raising the total discharged patients to 316, only 15 active cases remain. Vietnam reports three new COVID-19 cases June 8, raising total infection to 332.

On global scale, over 6.9 million infections have been reported, more than 400,000 have succumbed to the disease to date. Vietnam, together with Lao, Campuchia, and East Timor are the four countries in Southeast Asia reporting no death since the outbreak.

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