Taking samples for testing (Photo: VNA)

Among the total 328 cases nationwide, 188 were imported and quarantined right upon their arrival. As many as 279 patients, equivalent to 85 percent of the total, have recovered.

The remainders are being treated at centrally- and provincially-run hospitals. All of them are in stable condition.

Seven patients tested negative for the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 once, and 22 others tested negative for the virus twice or more.

At present, 7,256 people having close contact with patients or entering from pandemic-hit areas are being quarantined, including 23 at hospitals, 6,301 at concentrated quarantine establishments and 932 at home, and home.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said the pandemic  is expected to prolong for months, even years.

The organisation recommended Vietnam step up efforts to curb the disease in the long run./.