HCMC – The Ministry of Health today, September 2, confirmed 13,197 new Covid-19 cases, including 13,186 domestic infections and 11 imported cases in 39 localities, up 1,757 cases over yesterday. The death toll, however, decreased substantially to 271 against the average of 400 in the past couple of days.
HCMC reported the biggest number of the new infections, at 5,963, followed by its neighboring provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An and Tien Giang with 4,504, 803, 583 and 290 cases, respectively.
In addition, Kien Giang had 122 cases and Dong Thap recorded 102 cases. Other cities and provinces reported less than 80 new infections each.
Of the total new cases, 7,255 cases were found infectious while in the community.
Thus, the new spike in HCMC picked up 595 cases over yesterday, while Binh Duong’s new infections rose 1,064 cases.
The latest infections raised the country’s Covid-19 caseload in the current fourth wave to 482,497.
HCMC accounted for nearly half of the total, at 232,585 cases, while Binh Duong has had 122,723 cases.
Today, 271 Covid-19 deaths were reported, including 197 in HCMC, 34 in Binh Duong, eight in Dong Nai, seven in Tien Giang, six in Dong Thap, four in Danang, three in Tra Vinh, two in Nghe An and one each in Hanoi, An Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ben Tre, Binh Dinh, Binh Thuan, Daklak, Khanh Hoa, Kien Giang and Thua Thien Hue.
Due to mistakes of the Phu Tho field hospital, a resident in Lao Cai died in a traffic accident on September 1 in Phu Tho but was wrongly listed as a Covid-19 death. Therefore, the subcommittee for treatment under the national anti-Covid steering committee informed that no Covid-19 death was found in Lao Cai on September 1.
Vietnam has had 12,138 Covid-19 fatalities, accounting for 2.5% of the country’s total Covid-19 cases.
Today, 10,602 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, sending the total recoveries in the country to 259,324.
At a press briefing today, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam said the city would recruit Covid-19 recoveries to help take care of Covid-19 patients under treatment. The city will pay them for their service.
As of September 1, 116,337 Covid-19 patients in the city have been discharged from hospital. Nam said they have antibodies after recovery and can be immune to Covid-19 for a certain period.
The competent agencies will conduct Covid-19 tests for them one week and one month after they are released from hospital to assess their antibody levels. If they have a high antibody level, the city will call on them to take part in the anti-Covid fight.
At the press conference, Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the municipal steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control, informed that the city is treating more than 41,000 Covid-19 cases, including over 2,700 patients put on a ventilator and 19 others relying on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.