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British Covid-19 patient is fully conscious

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HCMC – Vietnam’s most severe case of Covid-19, the 91st patient, is fully conscious and able to respond to all instructions from health workers, said a representative from HCMC’s Cho Ray Hospital, where the patient is being treated.

The British patient, who works as a pilot for the national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, smiled when health workers were interacting with him. He could also feebly nod and shake the hands of the health workers, the hospital representative said at 7 p.m. on June 2.

According to doctors at the hospital, his respiratory functions have gradually improved, while his kidney functions have also recovered. His blood oxygen level remains stable.

The doctors have weaned him off an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine for two days, which is a life support machine used when a patient’s heart and lungs fail to function properly. However, he has to rely on a ventilator.

As for the patient’s lungs, more than half of his left lung has almost recovered, while the right lung is showing signs of improvement.

The hospital representative said that the patient would continue to take antibiotics to treat his infection from Burkholderia cenocepacia, a type of bacteria, as well as to prevent other bacterial infections. He has also begun physical therapy.

As of 6 a.m. on June 3, Vietnam has reported no new Covid-19 cases caused via community transmission for 48 days. Up to 188 of the total 328 confirmed infections were imported and quarantined on arrival. Over 8,300 people are currently in quarantine.


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