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|The 11 COVID-19 patients leaving the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi|
They were patients 21, 72, 84, 111, 116, 136, 137, 192, 197, 200, and 222 who were treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi.
Their health is good after testing negative for COVID-19 at least twice. They will be given follow-up health checks two weeks from now.
Dr Do Thi Phuong Mai in the hospital said that it is quite difficult to cure a COVID-19 patient because this is a new type of virus. "Some patients swing abnormally between negative and positive and at times can contract some side effects of the drugs," she said.
She added that they have learned a lot from overseas experiences to find the proper medicine for Vietnamese people, for example, Aluvia (usually for HIV treatment) or Chloroquine. "We have finally succeeded and my doctor, Patient 116, has been cured by a new medicine."
Patient 116 is a doctor at the Emergency Department of the hospital. He was in the frontlines of the fight against the pandemic since January 31, screening suspected patients and treating infected patients, as well as providing emergency care for seriously ill patients.
According to the Ministry of Health, as many as 27 patients have recovered from COVID-19 today (April 7) and were allowed to leave the hospitals, including 11 in Hanoi, nine in Ho Chi Minh City, four in Sa Dec town, two in Hue city, and one in Ben Tre province.
At the end of April 7, Vietnam reported four more COVID-19 cases, including a person infected from Buddha Bar & Grill in Ho Chi Minh City, and three people returning from Russia, Japan, and Hong Kong (China) who were isolated right after immigration.
As a result, among the 249 COVID-19 cases, 156 patients were from abroad, accounting for 62 per cent. Of these, 122 infection cases have fully recovered, while 127 patients are still undergoing treatment in the country.