Da Nang hospital (Source: thanhnien.vn)

The first death from COVID-19 has been recorded in Vietnam since the outbreak of the respiratory illness hit the nation in January, adding to fears regarding the spread of the virus due to the number of locally-transmitted infections continuing to rise among the community in recent days.

The patient had initially been taken to the Renal-Urology Department of Da Nang Hospital on July 9th where he was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease and underwent hemodialysis. He had been suffering from a number of underlying health issues, such as a history of blood pressure, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, and pneumonia. The patient was subsequently sampled and tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on July 27th.

On July 31st, the number of people who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 which causes the COVID-19 in Vietnam has exceeded the 500 mark, after 45 new community transmissions were reported in the central city of Da Nang. The 45 new cases, aged between 27th – 87th, include 33 patients related to Da Nang Hospital, four from Da Nang Lung Hospital, two from Da Nang Oncology Hospital, four from a hotel where Da Nang Hospital’s hemodialysis patients are quarantined in Son Tra district, and two at Cam Le health clinic.

The total tally of infections now stands at 509, including 276 imported cases who have been quarantined upon their arrival.

Nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens brought home from US, Japan

Vietnamese authorities and representative offices in the US and Vietnam Airlines coordinated with the US relevant agencies to conduct a flight bringing home nearly 300 Vietnamese citizens from San Francisco (the US) and Narita (Japan) airports on July 29-30.

All crew members and passengers are quarantined upon arrival (Photo: VNA)

The Vietnamese Consulate Generals in the US and Japan sent officials to the airports to help citizens complete all necessary procedures before boarding.

Sseriously security, safety and hygiene measures are implemented during the flight.

After landing at Cam Ranh International Airport in the south central coastal province of Khanh Hoa, all crew members and passengers had their body temperatures checked and were quarantined as regulated.

Vietnamese agencies and representative offices abroad and airlines will conduct more flights bringing Vietnamese citizens stranded by COVID-19 home, when required.

Vietnam finishes second at 2020 International Chemistry Olympiad

All four Vietnamese students competing at the 2020 International Chemistry Olympiad brought home gold medals, making Vietnam secure the second place on the medal tally, only after the US, the Ministry of Education and Training’s Quality Management Department announced on July 31st.

Vietnam finishes second at 2020 International Chemistry Olympiad (Source: VNA)

This is the highest-ever result gained by the Vietnamese team so far.

The students are Ly Hai Dang, a 12th grader from Hai Phong city’s Tran Phu High School for the Gifted; Nguyen Hoang Duong, a 11th grader from the Natural Science High School for Gifted Students under Hanoi National University; Pham Trung Quoc Anh, a 12th grader from the Phan Boi Chau High School for the Gifted in central Nghe An province; and Dam Thi Minh Trang, a 12th grader from northern Nam Dinh province’s Le Hong Phong High School for the Gifted.

The 52nd International Chemistry Olympiad, hosted by Turkey, was held in form of a remote access exam. It attracted the participation of students from 60 countries and territories.

The Vietnamese team did the exam at the Hanoi National University of Education under the supervision of the Olympiad Organising Board in Turkey via a camera system.

Last year, Vietnam won two gold and two silver medals, ranking fifth among participating nations and territories./.

Compiled by BTA