HCMC – Among the 3,092 new Covid-19 cases that the Ministry of Health reported today, October 14, HCMC accounted for 909 cases, the lowest over the past 98 days.
The new cases nationwide included four imported cases and 3,088 domestic infections in 42 cities and provinces, down 370 cases over yesterday.
HCMC was followed by its neighboring provinces of Dong Nai, Binh Duong and Tay Ninh with 647, 483 and 274 cases, respectively.
In addition, 104 other cases were detected in An Giang, 80 in Kien Giang, 72 in Tien Giang and 61 in Binh Thuan. Other localities recorded fewer than 60 cases each.
In addition, the Soc Trang Center for Disease Control updated 1,059 Covid-19 cases detected earlier in areas under lockdown and at centralized quarantine centers to the national Covid-19 monitoring system.
The new cases have raised the country’s tally to 853,842, including 849,197 cases in the current fourth Covid-19 wave, which began in late April.
To date, 788,005 patients have recovered from Covid-19, including 719 Covid-19 patients released from hospitals today.
Meanwhile, 81 Covid-19 deaths were confirmed, including 61 cases in HCMC, 10 in Binh Duong, three in Long An and one each in Dong Thap, An Giang, Khanh Hoa, Daklak, Bac Lieu, Kien Giang and Soc Trang.
On the sidelines of the ninth congress of the HCMC Party Committee’s executive board on October 14, municipal vice chairman Duong Anh Duc said the city’s number of single-day Covid-19 cases has gradually fallen to some 1,000 over the past few days.
The city has achieved some positive results after deploying Directive 18 on adjusting Covid-19 infection prevention and control measures and gradually reopening the economy for two weeks.
Besides the decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases, the number of Covid-19 deaths in the city has tumbled to 60-70 per day. The total number of critical and extremely critical cases has also fallen to below 500.
In addition, more than 70% of enterprises in industrial parks, export processing zones and the Saigon Hi-tech Park have resumed their operation.
In related news, some 25,000 people in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau who have got the Moderna vaccine as the first jab for two months have yet to get the second dose, according to the provincial anti-Covid center.
As of September, over 54,000 people had yet to get the second dose while the time for the second dose had been long overdue.
In early October, the Ministry of Health allocated more than 29,000 Pfizer doses to the province and the Ba Ria-Vung Tau Department of Health on October 8 distributed the vaccine to vaccination units to administer to those who have received the Moderna vaccine.