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Health Ministry confirms 9,521 more Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health announced 9,521 fresh Covid cases in 39 provinces and cities nationwide this evening, September 4, a reduction of as many as 5,373 cases against yesterday.

HCMC as usual recorded the biggest caseload, at 4,104, down nearly 4,400 cases over the day earlier. The neighboring province of Binh Duong came second with 2,485 cases, falling nearly 1,200 cases versus yesterday. Dong Nai, another southern province, reported 992 cases, rising six cases day-on-day. Of the total new infections, the source of transmission of 4,734 cases remains unknown.

The ministry reported 347 new fatalities on the same day, with HCMC accounting for the most, at 256 cases, followed by Binh Duong with 45 deaths, Long An with nine deaths, Dong Thap with six and the rest in 12 other provinces and cities. The figures sent Vietnam’s Covid-19 death toll to 12,793 cases.

Meanwhile, up to 11,848 Covid patients were declared recovered today, raising the total in the current fourth coronavirus wave to 279,742 recoveries.

In related news, among 6,600 students in HCMC who have been infected with Covid, most of them are asymptomatic and are staying at concentrated quarantine centers or receiving home-based care, Nguyen Van Hieu, director of the HCMC Department of Education and Training, told a press briefing on Covid-related issues this afternoon, reported VnExpress.

He said that these virus-hit students could participate in online learning activities, but it would be tough for them as their mental health has been affected by the pandemic, especially those having their parents infected with or died of the coronavirus.

Returning to the learning activities is expected to partially help them ease their suffering. The schools and teachers would pay special attention to these students, Hieu added.

According to the official, more than 75,000 students in the city are facing difficulties in joining online learning as of now due to the lack of internet connection, equipment, or both. To cope with the issue, schools have called for support from donors.

Also, the department has continued to work with telecoms service providers to offer support in internet connection services and promotional internet packages, or offer installation payment services to the students to purchase equipment for remote learning.

Besides, the city’s education sector will take other measures to assist students with online learning, Hieu said.

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