The last patient to be quarantined for the novel coronavirus in Saigon recovered and was discharged Friday afternoon.
Ta Kien Hoa, 73, was admitted to Saigon's Hospital of Tropical Diseases on January 31.
Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, director of the hospital, said he has tested negative for the coronavirus several times since February 12.
Ta thanked the doctors and other medical staff who helped treat him, saying: “They gave me a second chance at life."
Ta Kien Hoa waves goodbye to doctors and nurses at the Saigon's Hospital of Tropical Diseases as he is discharged after receiving treatment for the novel coronavirus, February 21, 2020.VnExpress / Huu Khoa's photo.
The patient is the eldest among Vietnam's 16 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection.He is also among three cases confirmed so far in Saigon.The other two, a Chinese father and son who have been isolated at Saigon Cho Ray Hospital since January 22, were discharged earlier this month.
According to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health, patients without fever previously infected with coronavirus can only be discharged from the hospital after the blood sample has been negative at least twice in a row.
The Vietnamese-American man took flight 660 of China Southern Airlines to Vietnam from the UNS.NS.on January 14, transited at Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Wuhan City, China, on January 15, for two hours.
He arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Saigon on January 16 and stayed at a hotel on Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street, the central area of District 1 and District 3.
After developing a cough on January 27, hotel staff took him to District 5 Hospital for Tropical Diseases on January 31.
Vietnam officially announced the outbreak of coronavirus as an epidemic on February 1.So far, 16 cases of infection have been recorded.
After Ta was discharged from the hospital, Vietnam had only one case left: a 50-year-old man in Vinh Phuc province, infected from his 23-year-old daughter, one of eight workers returning from Wuhan after digging. create.The father was quarantined on February 13 at a local health center, while his daughter was discharged on February 10.
The global death toll has reached 2,247, one each in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, France and the Philippines, two in Hong Kong, Iran and aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship currently quarantined off the coast of Japan. Ban, and the rest in mainland China.
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