A British man and a Vietnamese woman infected with the novel coronavirus have been put on ventilators after their condition worsened despite treatment.
The 69-year-old British man, currently being treated at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, had several underlying conditions, including diabetes and hypertension, and also became feverish Sunday afternoon, the Health Ministry said.
He was transferred to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Monday.
A team of rapid response doctors from Bach Mai Hospital was dispatched to the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases on Sunday afternoon to assist with the man's treatment.Besides using ventilators, patients are also receiving direct dialysis, the ministry said.
A Vietnamese woman in Hanoi is another Covid-19 patient whose condition is getting worse and requires mechanical ventilation and dialysis.
The 64-year-old woman, also being treated at the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, suffers from vestibular disorders as an underlying disease.She experienced persistent shortness of breath to respiratory failure on Sunday night.Doctors put her on a breathing tube and used a ventilator, among other measures, to help her stabilize.She was transferred to the ICU and her pulse, blood pressure and blood oxygen levels are now stable.
The British man was confirmed to have the infection on Vietnam Airlines flight VN54, which flew from London and landed in Hanoi on March 2.He was confirmed infected on March 8.
The Vietnamese woman was diagnosed on March 7.She is the aunt of Nguyen Hong Nhung, 26 years old, the first Covid-19 patient of Vietnam and Hanoi, who was on the same flight VN54.
Vietnam has confirmed 57 cases of Covid-19 so far, with 16 cases having been discharged.Of the active cases, 17 are foreigners.
At least two British patients and one Vietnamese patient have tested negative for the virus at least once.Two Britons are being treated at Danang Hospital.They tested negative for the virus on March 10 after testing positive on March 8.
Vietnamese patient, 27 years old, being treated at Ninh Binh Provincial General Hospital after returning from Korea's Daegu epidemic center, tested negative for the virus on March 15, a week after being diagnosed. diagnosis of a viral infection.
Pham Ngoc Thach, Director of the Central Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said that elderly people, especially those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure or cardiovascular diseases, may have symptoms. more severe when infected with the Covid-19 virus than people without an underlying medical condition. .They also have a higher risk of progressing to a more severe, more progressive stage of the disease, which can lead to respiratory failure, he added.
Globally, the elderly are the most representative of all Covid-19 patients, as well as having the highest mortality rate.
The Covid-19 outbreak has so far spread to 157 countries and territories around the world, with the death toll rising to more than 6,500.
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