COVID-19 Updates (November 20): Four imported cases, 19 patients given all-clear
duonghanhnguyen 20-11-2020, 08:39

COVID-19 Updates (November 20): Four imported cases, 19 patients given all-clear
4 imported cases, 19 patients given all-clear from Nov. 19 to Nov. 20. (Photo: VNA)

4 imported cases, 19 patients given all-clear

The National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control said among the new patients, all Vietnamese, two returned from Canada on flight VN5028 which landed in Van Don airport in the northern province of Quang Ninh on November 16. They tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 while in quarantine in Ha Nam province. The two others returned from the UK on flight VN56 which landed in Van Don on November 6. They were found positive while being quarantined in Nam Dinh province.

The same day, 19 COVID-19 patients were given the all-clear, raising the number of recovered patients to 1,142. Among patients still under treatment, 10 have tested negative for the coronavirus once, ten twice and three thrice. There is no patient in serious condition at present. The fatalities remain at 35.

A total of 16,888 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or came from pandemic-affected areas are under health monitoring, with 197 at hospitals, 15,766 at designated facilities, and 925 at home or in accommodations.

Associate Professor PhD Luong Ngoc Khue, Director of the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment (C) at the event (Photo: VNA)

Vietnam shares experience in combating COVID-19

Vietnam has shared its experience in preventing and controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and lessons to make the initial success in treating the disease, as well as upcoming orientations of its Ministry of Health (MoH) for the work.

The forum is rotated annually in Asia. Vietnam hosted the event in 2016 and 2018. This year’s forum saw the participation of health experts from Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan (China), India, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Bangladesh.

Addressing a forum on future health trends hosted by the National University of Singapore via a video conference on November 18, Associate Professor Ph.D. Luong Ngoc Khue, Director of the Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under the MoH, said Vietnam’s initial and positive success in disease prevention, treatment, and control were thanks to the great efforts of the whole political system, society, people, and partners.

Vietnamese citizens prepare to board a flight. (Photo: Vietnamnews)

Nearly 240 Vietnamese citizens flown home from the Philippines

Nearly 240 Vietnamese citizens in the Philippines flew home aboard a VietJet Air flight on November 19. The passengers included pregnant women, the elderly, children under 18, students without accommodation, workers with expired contracts, and others in extremely disadvantaged circumstances.

The Vietnamese Embassy in the country sent staff to the airport to assist the passengers with boarding procedures.

In-flight safety and preventive measures against the COVID-19 pandemic were rigorously enforced to protect the passengers’ health and prevent the spread of the disease. Upon arrival at the Can Tho International Airport in the Mekong Delta city of the same name, all passengers and crew members received medical check-ups and were sent to quarantine in line with regulations.