COVID-19: British citizen to return home on July 12

(VOVWORLD) - The British Embassy in Hanoi has sent a note to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health, requesting for repatriation of the British pilot infected with the coronavirus, the most severe case in Vietnam. 

The Embassy expressed hope the British pilot who is recovering well here in Vietnam will be in good form for a flight of Vietnam Airlines scheduled to depart from Hanoi on July 12 to the UK to bring home stranded Vietnamese citizens due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The British patient now can breathe unaided, walk, communicate well with others, and has been practicing physical therapy, according to National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control. Patient 91 has been recovering well since he was transferred from the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases to Cho Ray Hospital.

He was admitted to the hospital on March 18 with Covid-19. The doctors say he has a blood clotting disorder and cytokine storm syndrome, an immune response in which the immune system releases a lot of cytokines into the bloodstream, which works against the body.

British Ambassador to Vietnam Gareth Ward on Friday visited the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases, where he thanked Vietnamese doctors for saving the British man who was infected with COVID-19.