Hanoi, July 31 (VNA/ ) — Vietnam reported its first COVID-19-related death when a 70-year-old man died of multiple comorbidities, Vietnam’s VNA news agency reported. The Southeast Asian country was proud of its zero deaths by Thursday, thanks to systematic preventive measures in advance, even before the arrival of the pandemic. Meanwhile, Vietnam recorded 37 more COVID-19 positive cases on Friday, according to the National Steering Committee on THE Prevention and Control of COVID-19.
Of these, 26 are imported cases quarantined upon arrival, three in Ho Chi Minh City and eight in the central province of Quang Nam. Vietnam has so far confirmed 546 infections, including 302 imported cases and 104 others related to the outbreak in the central city of Da Nang since July 25. The total number of recoveries was 373, which corresponds to 68.3 percent of the total infections. 53,767 people who had close contact with COVID-19 patients or came from pandemic-affected areas are in quarantine, including 619 in hospitals, 38,625 in concentrated quarantine facilities and 38,523 at home, the VNA report said.