COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam

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COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam
COVID-19 Pandemic Cases in Vietnam.svg
Map of the COVID-19 pandemic in Vietnam:

(as of 21 February 2021):

  Confirmed 10–99
  Confirmed 100–999
  Confirmed 1.000-9.999
  Confirmed 10.000-99.999
  Confirmed ≥ 100.000
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseHo Chi Minh City
Arrival date23 January 2020
(3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days)
Confirmed cases2,383[1]
Government website

The COVID-19 pandemic spread to Vietnam on 23 January 2020, when its first known case of COVID-19 was reported.[2]

As of 21 February 2021 the country had 2,383 confirmed cases, 1,717 recoveries, and 35 deaths. More than 1.7 million tests have been performed.[3] Hai Duong, as of February 2021 is the most-affected province with 647 confirmed cases.[1]

Cases[change | change source]

On 23 January, Vietnam confirmed the first two cases of COVID-19, a Chinese man (#1) travelling from Wuhan to Hanoi to visit his son who lived in Vietnam, and his son (#2), who was believed to have contracted the disease from his father. They were hospitalized in Ho Chi Minh City.[4] On 29 January, the son fully recovered and was discharged.[5] His father was discharged on 12 February.[6]

From 17 to 23 April, no new cases were confirmed.[7][8] However, there were reports of cases who tested positive again after being discharged.[9][10] On 24 April, two more cases were confirmed: both were Vietnamese students who came back from Japan and quarantined on arrival.[11]

Government response[change | change source]

Coronavirus pandemic phases in Vietnam[12][13]
Stage Number of case Description
Phase 1 (23 January – 25 February 2020) 16 Cases reported are usually people who have had travel history to China.
Phase 2 (6 – 19 March 2020) 69 The virus has spread globally, many cases reported are from other countries but it is still easy to trace spread and quarantine.
Phase 3 (20 March – 21 April 2020) 183 Infections in community, many cluster begins to appeared in high-density areas. The source of the infection is untraceable.
Phase 4 (22 April 2020 – ongoing) 20 Even after the consistently decreasing rate of cases from community transmission, health officials remain cautious for importing a second wave through international travelers.

Praise[change | change source]

Vietnam has been seen by the global media as having one of the best-organised epidemic control programs in the world,[14] along with Taiwan and South Korea.[15]

Despite not having the latest technology, the country's response to the outbreak has received praise for its quick response.[16][17][15][18]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "TRANG TIN VỀ DỊCH BỆNH VIÊM ĐƯỜNG HÔ HẤP CẤP COVID-19" (in Vietnamese). BỘ Y TẾ (Ministry of Health).
  2. Coleman, Justine (23 January 2020). "Vietnam reports first coronavirus cases". The Hill. Archived from the original on 18 February 2020. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  3. "Viet Nam COVID-19 Situation Report #29" (PDF). WHO. 9 February 2021. Retrieved 9 February 2021.
  4. Phương, Lê (23 January 2020). "Hai người viêm phổi Vũ Hán cách ly tại Bệnh viện Chợ Rẫy" [Two people with Wuhan pneumonia were isolated at Cho Ray Hospital]. VnExpress (in Vietnamese). Archived from the original on 23 January 2020. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  5. Phương, Lê (28 January 2020). "One of Vietnam's first confirmed coronavirus patients recovers". VnExpress. Archived from the original on 29 January 2020. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  6. Phương, Lê (12 January 2020). "Bệnh nhân viêm phổi corona thứ hai ở TP HCM xuất viện" [Second recovered COVID-19 patient in HCMC]. VnExpress (in Vietnamese). Archived from the original on 12 February 2020. Retrieved 12 January 2020.
  7. "Chiều nay không ghi nhận thêm ca nhiễm nCoV". Vnexpress. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
  8. "Việt Nam liên tục không có ca COVID-19 mới, nhưng người dân không nên chủ quan". Tuổi Trẻ. 19 April 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  9. "'Bệnh nhân 188' tái dương tính sau khi xuất viện". Vnexpress. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  10. "Bệnh nhân Covid-19 thứ 22 tái dương tính lại… âm tính sau khi về Anh". Thanh Niên. 17 April 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  11. "Vietnam cofirmed 270 cases". Dan Tri. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  12. "Toàn cảnh 3 giai đoạn dịch Covid-19 tại Việt Nam" [3 COVID-19 pandemic phases in Vietnam] (in Vietnamese). Retrieved 8 April 2020 – via Thanh Nien.[permanent dead link]
  13. "Thủ tướng chỉ thị tiếp tục các biện pháp phòng, chống dịch COVID-19 trong tình hình mới". Vietnam Ministry of Health. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  14. "Financial Times". 24 March 2020. Archived from the original on 24 March 2020. Retrieved 24 March 2020.
  15. 15.0 15.1 Humphrey, Chris; Pham, Bac (14 April 2020). "Vietnam's response to coronavirus crisis earns praise from WHO". 7News. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  16. Le, Trien Vinh; Nguyen, Huy Quynh (17 April 2020). "How Vietnam Learned From China's Coronavirus Mistakes". The Diplomat. Retrieved 17 April 2020.
  17. "[Op-ed] Why Vietnam has been the world's number 1 country in dealing with coronavirus". 4 March 2020.
  18. Sullivan, Michael (16 April 2020). "In Vietnam, There Have Been Fewer Than 300 COVID-19 Cases And No Deaths. Here's Why". National Public Radio. Retrieved 17 April 2020.