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First Covid-19 death reported in HCMC

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HCMC – A 37-year-old woman, who is daughter of the owner of a Covid-19-hit eatery in HCMC’s District 3 and was infected with the disease, died this morning, June 2, a local health official confirmed.

She became the first Covid-19 death in the city as well as in the south during the latest coronavirus wave. She died of Covid-19, hypertension, and end-stage chronic kidney failure, according to Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, director of the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The deceased had a medical history of hypertension, heart failure, end-stage chronic kidney failure and had received peritoneal dialysis over the past six years.

After being found to have come into close contact with her Covid-19-infected mother, she was placed in quarantine at Nguyen Tri Phuong Hospital where she was receiving medical treatment for her chronic kidney disease.

She was then moved into intensive care at the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases for further treatment after testing positive for the coronavirus on May 24. She began suffering from pneumonia caused by severe Covid-19, progressive respiratory failure, septic shock, and poor response to high-dose vasopressor therapy. She died this morning.

She is among five Covid-19 patients linked to the cluster detected on May 21 at the eatery in Alley 257 on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street in District 3. According to the HCMC Health Department, 174 people had close contact with these patients and 835 others were linked to them.

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