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Daily Covid caseload lowest in nearly three months

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, October 10, confirmed 3,513 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest over the past 86 days.

The new cases were detected in 41 cities and provinces. HCMC took the lead with 1,067 cases, followed by Binh Duong with 782, Dong Nai with 662, An Giang with 128 and Binh Thuan with 109.

Other cities and provinces reported less than 100 new infections each.

The country has recorded 839,662 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic broke out early last year, including 835,036 domestic infections in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health also confirmed 113 more Covid-19 deaths, taking the total to 20,555. The new deaths included 82 in HCMC, 12 in Binh Duong, six in Ninh Thuan, four in Long An and three in Dong Nai. Six other provinces reported one fatality each.

Up to now, nearly 782,199 Covid-19 patients in the country have made a full recovery. Meanwhile, there are currently over 5,100 critically ill Covid-19 patients.

In related news, the HCMC Social Welfare Center on October 9 launched its mobile app that helps connect people affected by Covid-19 with donors.

Through the app, needy people can send their requests for aid packages worth VND300,000, VND400,000 or VND700,000. After a seven-day process following the acceptance of the donors, the center will deliver the gifts to the requesters.

At the launching ceremony of the app, businesses, organizations and individuals donated more than VND14 billion to the HCMC Social Welfare Center’s Fund and the HCMC Fund for Poor People.

On the same day, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in HCMC kicked off the city’s Month for the Poor, which will run from October 17 to November 18.

During the month, the committee will offer financial support to poor families, poor students with good academic performance, children orphaned by Covid-19 and other vulnerable groups.

From January to September 2021, HCMC received some VND115 billion for its Fund for Poor People and spent VND113 billion on building and repairing houses for poor households, providing scholarships for poor students and supporting disadvantaged people.

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