As of the time of writing, the new coronavirus had infected more than 4.54 million people worldwide, of which more than 30,700 died from COVID-19 complications, a number that is likely to continue to increase in the coming weeks,media reported. The true number of COVID-19 cases worldwide is likely to be much higher because many people are not tested or show any symptoms. Asymptomatic infections are not eligible for testing in countries where the number of tests is still limited. The disease will continue to spread for some time to come.
However, not all countries have to deal with large numbers of cases. Vietnam is one of several countries that have excelled in dealing with local COVID-19 outbreaks. Vietnam, with a population of more than 95 million, reported its first confirmed case of new crown as early as January. However, there are currently only 314 officially reported confirmed cases in Viet Nam, and no deaths have been reported in the country. But Vietnam has spent more than $200,000 to keep a COVID-19 patient alive. The patient’s lungs were severely affected by the new coronavirus and required a transplant.
The 91 is one of 52 COVID-19 patients in the country who have not yet recovered. The man, a 43-year-old British pilot who works for Vietnam Airlines, was diagnosed with the virus in mid-March. He is believed to have contracted the virus in a bar in Ho Chi Minh City. Reuters reported that more than 4,000 people associated with the bar had been tested, 18 of whom were positive.
Most of them have recovered, but the unidentified British man has been in hospital for more than 30 days and his condition has deteriorated significantly. Patient 91 has only 10 per cent lung capacity, and the case is widespread in Vietnam. The Vietnamese government has spent more than $200,000 to save the patient’s life. Doctors tried to treat blood clots in patients by importing them from abroad, but the patient’s condition never improved.
Vietnam’s ministry of health met with experts at top hospitals on Tuesday and decided that only a lung transplant could save the man’s life. Two days later, local media reported that 10 people, including a 70-year-old veteran, had volunteered to donate lungs.
A representative of Vietnam’s National Human Organ Transplant Coordination Center told a local newspaper that Vietnamese regulators do not allow doctors to transplant “the lungs that most living people donate.” Reuters noted that the Vietnamese government’s handling of the new crown outbreak has broad support. Vietnam used active testing and large-scale isolation measures to control the outbreak. This may be good publicity, both locally and abroad, but under this new normal, Vietnam’s efforts to save a person at all costs should not go unnoticed.