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According to the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention, the first death is a 70 year- old male patient of Da Nang Internal Medicine – Endocrinology Hospital. He lives in Hoi An city of the central province of Quang Nam.

The patient was taken to the Renal-Urology Department of Da Nang Hospital on July 9 with a diagnosis of end-stage renal disease and underwent hemodialysis. He had underlying health conditions with a history of blood pressure, ischemic heart disease, heart failure, and pneumonia. The patient was sampled and tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on July 27th.

The patient died after a heart attack and he had underwent many underlying health issues such as blood pressure, myocardial ischemia, end-stage renal failure and pneumonia caused by COVID-19," Prof. Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, Director of Department of Medical Examination and Treatment under the Ministry of Health.In five other provinces and cities across the country recorded 13 more coronavirus cases, including  7 in Quang Nam, 1 in Quang Ngai 1, 2 in Ho Chi Minh City , 2 in Hanoi, 1 in Dak Lak 1. All of these cases have epidemiological factors related to Da Nang outbreak.

As of 10 am on July 31st, Vietnam recorded a total of 509 cases of COVID-19, including one fatality. It is worth noting that the central city of Da Nang a current major outbreak in the country confirmed 80 cases, including 8 medical workers, 44 patients, 26 patients' families and 2 locally-transmitted infections./.