HCMC – The Ministry of Health reported 10,321 new Covid-19 infections this evening, November 22, with 22 of them imported and 10,299 locally infected, up 417 cases over yesterday.
The new infections were detected in 58 cities and provinces. HCMC still took the lead with 1,547 cases, up 282 cases day-on-day, followed by Binh Duong with 688, Tay Ninh with 564, Can Tho with 535, Dong Nai with 522 and Dong Thap with 507.
Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Soc Trang, Bac Lieu, Binh Thuan, Ben Tre and Vinh Long detected over 300 cases each while the rest were found in other localities.
With the fresh cases recorded today, locally transmitted cases have amounted to 1,099,710 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April.
Today, 4,776 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals nationwide, taking the total recoveries in the fourth wave to 907,459.
Meanwhile, 190 Covid deaths were confirmed. Of the total, 109 cases were reported in HCMC, including 50 cases on November 21 and 59 cases today.
Moreover, 20 other cases were reported in An Giang, eight in Long An, seven each in Binh Duong, Tien Giang and Kien Giang and six in Can Tho. Fourteen other provinces reported one to four deaths each.
Today, HCMC started administering the second Covid vaccine doses to children aged between 12 and 17, including those having received the first dose in other localities. Eligible children who have yet to get the first dose will be also vaccinated.
Since October 27, the city has administered the first dose to nearly 700,000 children aged 12 and 17 and all of them are safe.
As of November 22, up to 22 cities and provinces have vaccinated children against Covid-19, with more than 1.8 million vaccine doses, according to the Ministry of Health. Some 20% of children aged between 12 and 17 nationwide have got the Covid-19 vaccine.
HCMC is the first locality to vaccinate children against Covid-19, using nearly 700,000 vaccine doses, followed by Quang Ninh, Binh Duong and Ca Mau with over 100,000 doses each.
In related news, the Mekong Delta province of Tra Vinh has established eight more Covid-19 treatment facilities for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms. Seven field hospitals and three Covid-19 treatment facilities there with a total capacity of 1,320 beds have been overloaded.
To reduce pressure on these facilities, the provincial government has directed the Department of Health to pilot the treatment of Covid-19 patients at home.
Over the past few days, Tra Vinh has seen an increase in new Covid-19 cases and its community-infected cases have accounted for over 72% of the total.