HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, September 26 reported 10,011 fresh Covid infections in 35 provinces and cities, up 329 cases over yesterday, taking the country’s Covid-19 tally since day one to 756,689.
HCMC recorded more than half of the new infections, at 5,121, up 1,075 cases day-on-day, raising the city’s Covid case count in the current fourth wave of the pandemic to 371,660.
Binh Duong Province saw the day’s caseload reach 3,332, down 297 cases against yesterday, followed by Dong Nai with 746 and Long An with 171. Other localities reported fewer than 100 infections each.
Since April 27, Vietnam has reported 752,185 domestic infections, with 522,747 having made a full recovery.
The ministry also reported 184 new Covid deaths, including 131 in HCMC, 26 in Binh Duong, nine in Dong Nai, four each in Long An and An Giang, two each in Tay Ninh, Kien Giang and Tien Giang and one each in Danang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Nghe An and Quang Ngai.
The latest fatalities have raised the country’s Covid death toll to 18,584.
In related news, the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang has converted a military barrack in Chau Thanh District into a Covid treatment and quarantine facility with 400 beds, helping ease the overload facing the existing quarantine centers and hospitals in the province.
In the coming days, the provincial Military Command will hand over another military barrack to the provincial government to requisition it as a Covid treatment facility with a capacity of 1,000 beds.
Kien Giang has confirmed 5,267 Covid infections in the current fourth wave, with 99 cases reported today.
In another development, Tien Giang Province has eased social distancing measures from today. The province is practicing anti-pandemic measures under the prime minister’s Directive 15, asking residents not to step out from 7.00 p.m. to 5.00 a.m., except for some special purposes, the local media reported.
The governments of districts, towns and cities in the province were told to make decisions on the resumption of factories, production facilities and construction projects.
Restaurants, eateries and coffee shops are allowed to reopen, but offer only take-away services and must follow Covid safety protocols.
Over the past few days, Tien Giang Province has seen daily Covid infections fall. The province today reported 63 Covid cases, down 18 against yesterday.