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Daily Covid case count rises by over 2,700 to 16,815

The Saigon Times

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HCMC –  The Ministry of Health confirmed 16,815 new Covid infections today, February 7, including six imported cases and 16,809 domestic transmissions in 61 cities and provinces, surging by over 2,700 cases against yesterday.

Hanoi reported the most infections, at 2,988, followed by Nghe An with 1,247, Danang with 935, Hai Duong with 845, Thanh Hoa with 789 and Vinh Phuc with 725.

Phu Tho, Haiphong, Nam Dinh, Hoa Binh, Bac Ninh and Quang Nam detected 461-662 new infections each, while other cities and provinces reported fewer than 400 cases each.

The country’s domestic transmissions have amounted to some 2.352 million in the fourth Covid wave, which began in late April 2021, and nearly 2.359 million cases in total.

Up to now, Vietnam has found 192 people with the Omicron variant, mostly in HCMC, Quang Nam, Quang Ninh, Hanoi, Khanh Hoa and Danang.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health also confirmed 100 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s death toll to 38,424. Hanoi, Ba Ria- Vung Tau, Thua Thien-Hue and Kien Giang reported the most fatalities today.

To date, more than 2.122 million Covid patients in the country have fully recovered, while there are currently some 2,190 critically ill Covid patients.

The country has administered almost 182.4 million doses of Covid vaccine nationwide so far, with some 74.2 million people having got two shots and 29 million people triple-dosed.

The Ministry of Health has written to 12 cities and provinces including Thanh Hoa, Hai Duong, Thai Nguyen, Quang Tri, Quang Nam, Binh Dinh, Kon Tum, Gia Lai, Tien Giang, Can Tho, An Giang and Kien Giang asking them to accelerate the inoculation of the Abdala Covid vaccine supplied by Cuba this month.

The ministry also asked localities to keep a close eye on the Covid situation after the Lunar New Year holiday ends, when many migrant workers return to industrial hubs and travelers come back to their home.

They should quickly detect new Covid transmissions to ensure safety for the community and prevent cross infection at quarantine centers and areas under lockdown.

Besides, the local authorities should continue speeding up the vaccination campaign this spring and ensure effectiveness and safety.

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