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Covid-19 cases spike as Omicron subvariants rage

By Minh Thao

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HCMC – New daily Covid-19 infections from September 6 to 8 exceeded 3,000 cases, double the average of the previous weeks.

Statistics from the Ministry of Health showed Vietnam had over 2,500 new daily cases over the past seven days, while hospitalizations also rose, at around 150 cases a day.

The resurgence in daily cases was attributed to the now-dominant Omicron subvariants, namely BA.4 and BA.5, health experts said.

Cho Ray Hospital said it did not record any inpatients from May to July, but August saw a spike in hospital admissions.

The Tropical Diseases Department under Cho Ray Hospital reported it received 41 inpatients with Covid-19 in August, all with underlying health conditions. Of them, 21 are in critical condition and seven died.

According to Dr. Le Quoc Hung, head of the Tropical Diseases Department, some 60% of the recent hospitalizations were transferred from HCMC’s neighboring provinces.

Covid-19 infections plunged early this year because the vaccination rates were still high; however, vaccination efficacy and antibodies waned after six months, Hung said.

The HCMC Department of Health has prepared scenarios in case the pandemic resurges. It has asked the 115 Emergency Center and hospitals to boost cooperation over transferring severe cases and remote medical consultation.

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