With no new cases reported on April 17 morning, the number of infections is now kept at 269, of which 177 cases have fully recovered, according to the Ministry of Health.
This is not the first time the Ministry of Health has announced no new cases in a single day.
Six patients were discharged from hospital on April 17, taking the total number of recoveries to 177, outstripping the number of existing hospitalisations.
About 14 patients are expected to leave the Central Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi on April 18 after making a full recovery.
Capital Hanoi remains the epicenter of the epidemic in Vietnam with 112 confirmed cases of infection, followed by Ho Chi Minh City (55), Vinh Phuc (19) and Ninh Binh (11).
At an online meeting on April 16, Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh informed diplomats from 26 European, Asia-Pacific, Latin American and African countries of Vietnam’s efforts to curb the spread of the epidemic in the country.
He said drastic preventive measures, including social distancing, introduced by the Government have proved effective, resulting in a low infection rate.
Vietnam has basically controlled the epidemic, trying to retain the rate of infections at less than 300 with no fatalities, he told the meeting.
The government has also adopted a number of relief packages to assist businesses and people, particularly workers, the poor and those vulnerable to the disease, to leave on one behind.
He also expressed Vietnam’s desire to share information and experience in coronavirus diagnosis and treatment with countries globally.