First COVID-19 patient to have died in Vietnam hinh anh 1Taking samples for COVID-19 testing (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
A COVID-19 patient with multiple comorbidities died on July 31 morning, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The committee’s treatment sub-committee said the 70-year-old man died of myocardial infarction, with chronic diseases of hypertension, heart failure, end-stage chronic renal failure, and complications of respiratory failure due to heart failure and COVID-19.

The patient, a resident of Hoi An town in the central province of Quang Nam, developed chest pain and fatigue on July 9, and was admitted to Da Nang Hospital.

On July 26 he tested positive for the novel coronavirus that causes the disease, and was treated in the same hospital. The patient was transferred to the Hue Central Hospital in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on July 30 night.
Since he was diagnosed with the coronavirus, he had been on life support, but later died in the Hue hospital.

As of 10:am on July 31, Vietnam had reported 509 COVID-19 cases, with 80 in Da Nang city, including eight medical workers, 44 patients, 26 family members of patients, and two detected in the community.

On July 31 alone, the country confirmed 45 cases, all of whom had been quarantined at medical facilities and tested for the virus. 

Thirteen cases were also reported in the central provinces of Quang Nam (seven) and Quang Ngai (one), Ho Chi Minh City (two), Hanoi (two) and the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak (one). All of them are linked to the Da Nang outbreak./.