Two severely ill patients die of Covid-19 complications as Vietnam reports 486 new virus cases

The facility in Dong Anh at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, June 20 (Vietnam News/ANN): Two more people have died of Covid-19 complications in Vietnam, a woman aged 90 and a 67-year-old man.

Their deaths were announced Saturday afternoon (June 19) and take the total number of fatalities to 64.

The woman lived in Bắc Giang Province and tested positive for Covid-19 on June 12.

After developing a severe cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, she was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit at Bắc Giang Mental Hospital.

Despite treatment, her condition worsened and she died on June 18. Her cause of death has been recorded as severe pneumonia caused by SARS-CoV-2, progressive respiratory failure, septic shock, multi-organ failure in a patient with a history of hypertension, diabetes and gangrene.

Earlier on Saturday another patient, a man from Hà Trung, Thanh Hóa Province, also died as a result of Covid complications.

He was being treated at Tân Triều branch of the K Cancer Hospital for lung cancer and tested positive for coronavirus on May 15.

The patient was transferred to the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases but responded poorly to medication and was placed on a mechanical ventilator to help him breathe on May 31.

Despite extensive treatment, the damage to his lungs was too severe and he died in the early hours of Saturday morning.

His cause of death has been recorded as SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia, septic shock and invasive candidiasis, in patients with stage IV left bronchial cancer. The cancer had also spread to his bones.

Vietnam reported 486 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, including 471 locally transmitted and 15 imported, raising the total tally to 12, 900, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

Among the community cases, 227 were detected in the northern Bac Giang province, 135 in the southern Ho Chi Minh City, and 36 in the northern Bac Ninh province.

Most of them are contacts of previously confirmed cases or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.

Nationwide, 5, 054 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, up 321 from Friday.

As of Saturday night, Vietnam has registered a total of 11, 213 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 9, 643 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the health ministry. - Vietnam News/ANN

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