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Hanoi reports first Omicron case in community

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Hanoi has detected 14 Omicron cases, with 13 of them imported and one locally infected, said deputy director of the municipal Department of Health Vu Cao Cuong.

At a meeting of the city’s anti-Covid steering committee, Cuong said the first community infection with Omicron in the city was a hotel staffer who had come into close contact with the 13 imported Omicron cases, the local media reported.

As of January 25, the city had recorded over 118,000 Covid-19 cases, with 506 of them dead. The city is at moderate risk of Covid transmission and has seen the daily Covid case count reaching 3,000. The number of new daily cases may fall next week as many people have returned to their hometowns to enjoy the Tet holiday but may increase again after the Tet holiday.

According to the municipal Department of Health, severe cases and fatalities remain under control. However, people with a high risk of infection should be monitored closely.

Hanoi will enhance awareness among local residents, and accelerate vaccinations this quarter, especially booster shots.

The municipal government has assigned districts and towns to arrange vaccination sites which will operate throughout the Tet holiday until February 28.

In addition, the treatment capacity should be improved to minimize Covid deaths. Pop-up healthcare stations should be ready to offer timely care to cases with no or mild symptoms.

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