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Health Ministry announces over 130,700 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 130,735 fresh cases of Covid-19 this evening, March 22, with 130,731 being locally-infected cases, declining 978 cases against yesterday.

The capital city of Hanoi reported the highest number of cases at 16,014, followed far behind by Phu Tho with 5,920 cases. Nghe An, Lao Cai, Hai Duong saw around 4,200-4,800 cases each.

Bac Giang, Yen Bai, and Vinh Phuc were among the 12 localities that recorded over 3,000 cases each.

On the same day, the health authorities of the four northern provinces—Thai Binh, Hung Yen, Quang Ninh, Vinh Phuc—registered to add a total of 118,409 cases detected earlier to the national Covid monitoring system.

The country in the day recorded 65 more Covid deaths, raising its death toll linked to the coronavirus to over 42,000.

In related news, the north-central province of Nghe An will shut down its last two Covid field hospitals, No.3 and No.8, as the number of new Covid patients has declined recently and the remaining patients at the hospitals are going to be discharged after recovery, Duong Dinh Chinh, director of the provincial health authority, said today.

These two hospitals are among the facilities in charge of treating patients with mild and moderate Covid symptoms, reported Tuoi Tre newspaper.

The Covid field hospital No.3 was put into service on August 31 last year, with 250 beds. It was converted from a local center for rehabilitation and traffic occupational diseases. Also, 70 medical workers were dispatched from various hospitals to work at the field hospital.

A representative of the Covid field hospital No.8 said it has stopped admitting new Covid patients. The facility is treating around 250 active cases and is expected to release all of them in the next 10 days.

The No.8 facility was set up at the Nghe An General Friendship Hospital, with 1,000 beds. It was put into operation on October 25 last year.

After these field hospitals are dissolved, patients with mild and moderate Covid will be transferred to other local hospitals for further treatment if their health condition worsens.

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