Vietnam reports 1st coronavirus death in renewed outbreak

HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnamese state media are reporting the country's first ever death of a person with the coronavirus as it struggles with a renewed outbreak after 99 days without any cases.

The Thanh Nien newspaper says a 70-year-old man died after contracting the disease while being treated for a kidney illness at a hospital in Da Nang where more than 90 cases have been reported over the past week.

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The Health Ministry has not confirmed the death.

Dr. Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the country’s Administration of Medical Examination and Treatment, says there are at least six other elderly patients with COVID-19 currently in critical condition. All have other underlying illnesses, he said.

Vietnam had been seen as a global success story in combating the coronavirus with no deaths and no cases of local transmission for 99 days. But a week ago an outbreak began at the Da Nang hospital. It has grown to 93 confirmed cases in six parts of the country, including three of the largest cities, and forced authorities to reimpose restrictions.

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