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Health Ministry announces over 12,100 fresh Covid-19 infections

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally rose by 12,170 cases this evening, February 5, with 12,160 being locally infected, up 574 cases day-on-day, and the remaining 10 cases being imported, said the Ministry of Health.

The capital city of Hanoi saw the highest number of cases, at 2,778, followed far behind by Danang with 783 cases, Quang Nam with 735 cases, and Vinh Phuc with 495 cases.

Hai Duong, Phu Tho, Bac Ninh each had between 400-480 cases. The remaining cases were reported in 51 other provinces and cities.

The country up to now has recorded 192 cases of the Omicron variant, with 92 in HCMC, 27 in Quang Nam, 20 in Quang Ninh, 14 in Hanoi, 11 in Khanh Hoa, and the rest in 11 other localities.

In the day, 114 more Covid deaths were reported, sending the country’s coronavirus death toll to more than 38,200 to date. Meanwhile, nearly 3,500 coronavirus patients were declared free of the disease, raising the country’s total recoveries to over 2.105 million.

In related news, Bac Ninh City in the northern province of the same name has shut the Trinh and Ba Chua Kho temples starting today, February 5, as a precautionary measure against Covid-19.

The local authorities arrived at this decision after thousands of people from other provinces and cities flocked to the temples on the fourth day of the lunar new year (February 4) to pray for good fortune, leading to a growing laxity in Covid precautions and posing a risk of Covid transmission, said Nguyen Van Tien, chairman of Vu Ninh Ward in the city.

The temples will remain shut to visitors until further notice, he added.

Earlier, on January 11, the provincial anti-Covid authority ordered a suspension of festivals held ahead of, during, and after the Tet holiday.

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