Saigoneer

Back Society » Health » 66% of Covid-19 Cases in Hanoi Are Asymptomatic, Health Officials Say

66% of Covid-19 Cases in Hanoi Are Asymptomatic, Health Officials Say

Hanoi officials have warned of increased risk of Covid-19 outbreaks, as it was reported that 66.6% of confirmed cases in the capital were found to be asymptomatic.

The data was presented by Nguyen Khac Hien from the municipal Department of Health at a meeting for novel coronavirus disease prevention and control, reports Tuoi Tre.

Asymptomatic people are those who carry the virus but show no symptoms. "No fever, no gastrointestinal issues, no breathing issues, no coughing, none of that," Tara C. Smith, an epidemiologist at Kent State University's College of Public Health, recently told NPR, which reported that a small clinical study in China found that such patients are often young, with a median age of 14.

While the news presents potentially fresh challenges in Vietnam’s fight against the pandemic, the country has effectively contained it thus far. At the time of writing, the total number of cases stands at 268, with 70 still in treatment. No deaths have been reported due to Covid-19 in Vietnam, which has been internationally praised for its quick and effective response to the virus.

Of Hanoi’s 124 recorded cases, 13 have been traced back to an outbreak in Ha Loi Village in the city’s Me Linh District — where over 11,847 individuals, including those in neighboring Lieu Tri Village, have been tested — with many others related to Bach Mai Hospital, which saw its own outbreak last month. 

On April 15, many cities and provinces in Vietnam announced extensions of their social distancing programs put into place at the start of the month, with Hanoi and Saigon adding an additional week to the campaign.

Related Articles

in Vietnam

As Vietnam's Streets Turn Empty During Pandemic, Traffic Violations Surge

Despite the nation's positive results in containing Covid-19, a grim byproduct of Vietnam’s stay-at-home orders and social distancing campaigns was identified earlier this week.

in Health

Citizens, Especially Those Over 60, Should Stay Home, Health Ministry Warns

As Covid-19 cases in Vietnam continue to climb over 100, the health ministry has warned people from going out.

in Health

Coronavirus Update: 30 Cases in Total; 13 New Cases Linked to London–Hanoi Flight

It was a grim weekend for Vietnam as, after three weeks with no new Covid-19 cases and 100% recovery rate, the number of patients who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus ballooned to 30.

in Health

Coronavirus Update: 57 Cases, Compulsory Masks and Saigon's Nightlife Closures

Despite tightening restrictions on movement and air travel, Vietnam’s number of Covid-19 cases jumped from 39 last Thursday to 57 by the end of Sunday.

in Health

Coronavirus Update: Vietnam’s Cases Rise to 39; Patients' Health Improves

Nine new coronavirus cases in Vietnam have been confirmed within the last three days.

in Health

Former Covid-19 Patient in Hanoi Tests Positive Again 2 Months After Discharge

Health authorities are still determining whether the Hanoi patient was infected by an external source or just reinfected.

Partner Content

in Partner Content

Achieving Social-Emotional Development at International School Saigon Pearl

Why do children go to school? Cultivating knowledge and skills necessary for an independent, working life is important, but that is only part of the story. The social-emotional learning that takes pla...