Vietnam is inching closer towards a full recovery from the coronavirus epidemic as the number of positive COVID-19 patients nationwide is in single digits now, standing at 9 as of this morning. Meanwhile, the country’s most famous patient, a British pilot with Vietnam Airlines has continued to improve – much to his doctors’ surprise, and could soon be taken off the ventilator.
Also known as Patient 91, the 43-year-old pilot was the first in a line of 19 cases related to Saigon’s largest COVID-19 hotspot, Buddha Bar in District 2. Hospitalized in Vietnam since March, the man had been comatose for over two months and slated for a lung transplant until recently, with dozens of strangers across Vietnam reportedly volunteering to donate parts of their own lungs to save the now-famous pilot.
Flash-forward to last Monday and the Briton was sitting up on his bed, able to swing his legs and type on his phone. And while his muscles are still weak and his legs cannot support the body yet, his lungs have greatly improved and he no longer relies on intravenous feeding, now able to eat liquid food instead. He also receives physical therapy twice a day and is being readied to have his ventilator withdrawn for good.
In other good news, the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced today that out of all COVID-19 patients in Vietnam so far, only 12 people remain in hospitals and as few as 9 of them still test positive for the virus. All the other 320 patients have fully recovered from the disease.
Vietnam has gone for 56 days without community transmission but up to 9,140 people remain under quarantine, having recently returned to the country or been in close contact with positive COVID-19 patients. Among Vietnam’s total of 332 cases, 192 were imported from abroad and immediately quarantined upon arrival.