Vietnam records no new COVID-19 cases in community for 15 days hinh anh 1Vietnamese citizens from abroad go to quarantine sites after entry into the country (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam has gone through 15 straight days without any coronavirus infections in the community, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The country has confirmed 1,063 SARS-CoV-2 infections as of September 17 morning. Of the total, 691 were infected with the virus domestically, including 551 linked with central Da Nang city since the latest coronavirus wave broke out there on July 25.

As many as 936 patients have recovered while 35 died from complications related to the disease. Most of the fatalities were the elderly with serious underlying health conditions.

Among patients still under treatment, 16 have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 once, 12 others twice and 18 thrice. Currently, three patients are in critical conditions.

There are 32,417 people who had close contact with confirmed cases or came from pandemic-hit regions under quarantine at present, including 471 in hospitals, 15,591 in other quarantine sites and 16,355 at home or accommodation facilities.

As the COVID-19 pandemic can return at any time, the Ministry of Health recommended people wear face masks in crowded places, and wash hands with soap or hand sanitiser regularly.

If anyone shows symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath, they should contact the Health Ministry’s hotline 19009095 for consultation and support. /.