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Health Ministry announces over 4,300 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The total number of new Covid cases reported in Vietnam this evening, October 6, remained the same as yesterday at 4,363 cases, said the Ministry of Health.

Seven of the new infections were imported cases, while the rest were local infections detected in 40 provinces and cities, down four cases against yesterday.

HCMC as usual took the lead with 1,960 new cases, rising 469 cases compared to yesterday. Binh Duong Province had 852 cases, falling 255 cases day-on-day. The neighboring province of Dong Nai reported 534 cases, dipping 119 cases over the day earlier. Among the total domestic infections, the source of transmission of over 2,200 cases remains unknown.

The ministry also reported 10,033 new recoveries the same day, sending the country’s total recoveries to more than 757,000 cases.

Meanwhile, the country saw 119 more fatalities linked to the coronavirus in the day, with 88 cases in HCMC, 16 cases in Binh Duong, and the rest in nine other localities. Overall, the Covid death toll in Vietnam has reached 20,098 cases.

The ministry asked provinces and cities nationwide to take anti-Covid measures against people returning home from the coronavirus hotspots in the latest outbreak such as HCMC, Binh Duong, Dong Nai, and Long An. Fully-vaccinated people or those who have recovered from Covid have to self-quarantine and monitor their health at home for seven days right after they arrive home, and take a Covid test on the first day of the quarantine period.

In related news, the ministry this afternoon received 300,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and medical supplies donated by Australia. The vaccine batch was transported to the capital city of Hanoi.

As of now, the Australian Government has shipped over 700,000 doses of the vaccine to Vietnam, as part of its commitment to donate 1.5 million doses to Vietnam.

Earlier, on August 27, a batch of over 400,000 doses had been given to the country, in HCMC.

Australian Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie said that Australia will support Vietnam with an additional 3.7 million doses through its deal with UNICEF. This support would raise Australia’s total amount of vaccine doses donated to Vietnam to some 5.2 million doses.

Australia is also coordinating with UNICEF to upgrade the cold chain, train medical workers, offer communication support, and implement vaccination rollouts in remote provinces in Vietnam.

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