ECONOMYNEXT – Vietnam has seen the first two deaths from Coronavirus as two kidney patients died on July 31, from an expanding cluster found in Da Nang city in the centre and authorities have started to crack down on illegal migrants from China in a bid stop infections from abroad.
The second Covid-19 patient who was a kidney patient who had sought treatment at Da Nang hospital in July and had suffered septic shock after being diagnosed with Coronavirus.
The first patient whose death announced earlier in the day was also a kidney patient admitted to Da Nang hospital and tested positive for Covid-19 on July 26.
Vietnam found its first patient after over 100 days when an elderly patient was diagnosed with pneumonia like symptoms, usually the last stages. Only a few percentage of infected persons develop lung infections, raising fears over the presence of more patients in the community.
Authorities have since curtailed travel to Da Nang, a popular tourist destination and persons who returned home have been asked by respective authorities to be self-isolated.
Hospitals have been found to be Covid-19 hotspots with several health workers including interns from other hospitals testing positive.
At least 03 persons have been confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City, who have returned from Da Nang or has been treated at hospital.
Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc ordered border controls to be tightened.
Authorities this week busted yet another ring where people were smuggled illegally from China.
Investigators in Lao Cai city arrested a couple who were charging 25 million dong to ferry those crossing over from China illegally to Ho Chi Minh City, the news portal Phapluat reported.
Vietnam shares land borders with China, Cambodia and Laos. Authorities arrested a group of illegals including Cambodia on July 31.
There is also a history of Chinese floating down rivers in low rafts to enter China, source familiar with the practice say. They are then received at strategic points by pre-arrangement.
Da Nang city has a Chinese community of recent origin. China has been investing heavily in the city. (Colombo/July31/2020)