|A citizen in Đà Nẵng has a blood sample taken on Monday to be tested for coronavirus. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam recorded seven new COVID-19 cases, including a 16-year-old girl, and four recoveries on Tuesday evening.
The latest patients, all found in Đà Nẵng City, brought the country’s total to 1,029, according to the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
There have been now 547 infections related to Đà Nẵng outbreak since July 25, accounting for nearly 80 per cent of all community transmission in the country since the beginning of the pandemic in late January.
Patient 1,023, a 20-year-old man, and Patient 1,024, a 16-year-old woman, are living in a locked-down residential neighbourhood in Hoà Tiến Ward, Hoà Vang District, and had their specimens taken on August 24.
Five patients, numbered 1025-1029, including a 70-year-old man, are members of Patient 1,017’s family.
All of them are being quarantined and treated at Hoà Vang field hospital.
The committee’s report also said four COVID-19 patients had recovered, including two at Hoà Vang field hospital (Patient 468 and Patient 919), one at Thái Bình Province General Hospital (Patient 566), and one at Quảng Ngãi Province’s Bình Sơn District medical centre (Patient 787).
So far, 592 patients have been given the all-clear, meaning the country has 437 activecases.
A total of 52 patients have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 for the first time, while 67 and 37 others have tested negative two and three times, respectively, according to the committee.
The death count is at 27, all with underlying health issues.
A total of 71,821 people are under quarantine across the country.
Starting 4pm Tuesday, the lockdown of Đà Nẵng Hospital, one of three hospitals at the centre of the current outbreak, was lifted after a month since the order took effect.
The hospital will start to resume its normal operations under a staggered four-phase roadmap – starting with two days of ventilation improvements and disinfectants along with training on new operation standards, before receiving critical care and emergency cases – to ensure safety for patients, the health workers and the community.
Also Tuesday, the Ministry of Information and Communications said as of August 24, Bluezone, the country’s Bluetooth-based contact tracing app, has seen 20.8 million downloads on Android and iOS.
The five localities with the highest number of installs are Đà Nẵng, Quảng Trị, Hải Dương, Quảng Ninh and Quảng Nam.
The five localities with lowest number of users are all Mekong Delta provinces – Đồng Tháp, Bến Tre, Tiền Giang, Bạc Liêu and Trà Vinh. — VNS