Vietnam reports 45 new coronavirus cases, biggest daily jump

Vietnam records first COVID-19 death after virus re-emerges - state media

The patients are aged between 27 and 87 and all are patients or employed at Danang's hospitals or their relatives, it added.

Vietnam has reported its first-ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.

Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the country's Administration of Medical Examination and Treatment, said there are at least six other elderly patients with COVID-19 now in critical condition.

The task force includes 65 health experts who had previously helped fight coronavirus at other epicentres in Vietnam, the ministry said.

Vietnam reacted quickly to try to contain the spread from Da Nang, a popular destination where thousands of tourists were vacationing on its golden beaches.

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Vietnam's health ministry on Friday reported 45 new coronavirus infections linked to a recent outbreak in the central city of Danang, marking the highest daily increase since the first cases emerged in the country in late January. The total tally of infections now stands at 509, including 276 imported cases who have been quarantined upon their arrival.

She was declared dead on Saturday morning at the Da Nang Oncology Hospital due to "malignant hematologic carcinoma in the final stage, severe pneumonia and Covid-19". The country had recorded 100 days without a locally transmission case before the reemergence of the virus.

In Hanoi, where two people have tested positive after returning from Da Nang, over 100 clinics have been set up with test kits to detect the virus. "We must be responsible for the entire community".

Vietnam had until Friday been the only nation with a large population not to have suffered fatalities from the coronavirus pandemic. Similar tests are also conducted in business hub Ho Chi Minh City for returnees from Danang.

Its pedestrian streets, adorned with lanterns, were empty and nonessential services and gatherings were banned.

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