HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, February 8 confirmed 21,909 fresh Covid cases, the highest in a single day so far.
Among the latest Covid cases, eight were imported and 21,901 were locally-infected in all 63 cities and provinces, up 5,092 cases over yesterday.
Hanoi took the lead in the number of domestic cases with 2,903, followed by Nghe An with 1,717, Hai Duong with 1,245, Thanh Hoa with 998 and Hoa Binh with 897.
Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc, Nam Dinh, Danang, Haiphong, Phu Tho, Thai Nguyen and Binh Dinh detected 571-897 infections each. Other localities had fewer than 500 cases each.
Since the Covid pandemic emerged in Vietnam, the country has reported more than 2.38 million Covid cases.
Some 4,400 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals nationwide today, raising the total recoveries to over 2.1 million.
The ministry also reported 97 new Covid fatalities in 28 cities and provinces, taking the country’s Covid death toll to 38,521.
Over 797,820 doses of the Covid vaccine were administered on February 7, raising the total number of Covid vaccine doses given to people nationwide to nearly 183.2 million.
In related news, all 63 provinces and cities will allow all K-12 students to return to school in February, according to the Ministry of Education and Training.
As of February 7, as many as 53 cities and provinces had planned to allow kindergarteners and primary-school students to get back to in-person classes from February 7 to 14.
Fifty-seven cities and provinces have allowed all secondary-school students to return to school today.
In addition, students at high schools in all provinces and cities nationwide returned to school on February 7.
Besides, 100% of universities have planned to bring students to in-person classes from February 14, the local media reported.
In another development, due to a surge in Covid infections after the Lunar New Year holiday, or Tet, Nghe An Province has ordered a suspension of all festivals until the end of the third lunar month.
Each year, the province has over 30 festivals, with 20 of them held prior to the third lunar month.
Between the 29th day of the twelfth lunar month and the sixth day of the first lunar month, Nghe An Province reported over 3,160 Covid infections, the provincial Department of Health said today.