Vietnam reports 1st death after 99 days of no cases
Vietnam on Friday reported its firstever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days with no local cases.
The Health Ministry said a 70yearold man died after contracting the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in Da Nang. More than 100 new cases have been confirmed in the past week, more than half of them patients at the hospital.
Vietnam had been seen as a global success story in combating the coronavirus with zero deaths and no confirmed cases of local transmission for more than three months. But a week ago, an outbreak began at the hospital. It has grown to 104 cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, forcing authorities to reimpose virus restrictions.
People wait in line for COVID19 tests in Hanoi as Vietnam struggles with a renewed outbreak.