No new COVID-19 cases reported on April 21 evening hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
– Vietnam recorded no new COVID-19 cases on April 21 evening, making it five and a half days in a row without any new patients, reported the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Among 268 cases in 28 cities and provinces, 160 are imported cases, accounting for 59.7 percent, and the remaining are infections in the community.

The same day, patient 248 at the Cu Chi COVID-19 treatment hospital in Ho Chi Minh City was declared to recover.

At present, only 52 patients are being quarantined and treated at nine health facilities. Among them, 12 tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once and eight tested negative twice.

A total of 75,799 people are quarantined or under health monitoring, of whom 268 stay in hospitals, 15,368 in other facilities and 60,163 others at home.

At a press teleconference the same day, the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s Regional Director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai lauded anti-epidemic prevention efforts of many countries, including Vietnam.

Kasai said Vietnam has shown the world its effective, drastic and overall leadership through different levels, from the Prime Minister, ministers to local authorities.

Statistics from the WHO showed that Vietnam now has the second lowest infection rate in the Western Pacific, with three cases per 1 million people.

According to the official, Vietnam has not only updated scenarios for each period but also traced down those who had contact with the patients.

He also advised the country to consider lifting restrictions gradually rather than doing immediately.

Also on April 21, General Director of Viet A Technologies JSC Phan Quoc Viet announced that the COVID-19 test kit, developed by the company and the Military Medical University, has been awarded with CE Certificate and Certificate of Free Sale by the UK Department of Health and Social Care.

The certification will allow the sale of its test kits in all European countries, including the UK.

A partner placed order for the kits to become exclusive seller in the UK, India, Mexico, the US and several European nations./.