HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 9,625 new Covid-19 infections this evening, November 19, falling 592 cases from yesterday.
Eight of them were imported cases and 9,617 were domestic transmissions detected in 57 cities and provinces.
Of the new domestic infections, HCMC reported the most cases, at 1,339, followed by Binh Duong with 661, Tay Ninh with 599, Dong Nai with 578, Ba Ria-Vung Tau with 444 and Bac Lieu with 425.
In addition, 382 cases were found in Tien Giang, 376 in Soc Trang, 370 in Binh Thuan, 365 in An Giang, 307 in Kien Giang and 303 in Vinh Long. Other localities had fewer than 300 cases each.
The new cases have sent the country’s total case number in the fourth Covid-19 wave to 1,070,011.
Today, 1,971 coronavirus patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the country’s total recoveries in the current fourth wave to 880,747.
The Ministry of Health also confirmed 102 Covid-19 deaths today, including 55 in HCMC, 12 each in Dong Nai and Tien Giang, five in Binh Duong and four in Bac Lieu. Nine other localities had one to two Covid deaths each.
As the number of new Covid-19 cases has increased in HCMC, the municipal Department of Health has reopened Covid-19 treatment hospitals in the city. These hospitals include 10 Covid-19 treatment hospitals in Thu Duc City and districts and eight field hospitals.
In addition, the city has maintained the operation of eight intensive care units.
In related news, during a trip to the Mekong Delta today, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam encouraged provinces in the region to treat asymptomatic Covid-19 cases and those with mild symptoms at home and accelerate the vaccination.
Dong Thap Vice Chairman Doan Tan Buu said the province was treating some 4,200 Covid-19 cases, including nearly 4,000 cases, or 96%, having no or mild symptoms, 84 cases with moderate symptoms and 80 in critical condition.
If patients undergo treatment and use the antiviral Molnupiravir early, the risk of getting worse is low. Therefore, the province proposed the Ministry of Health provide it with more Molnupiravir.
In Can Tho City, from November 5 to 18, more than 6,000 Covid-19 cases were recorded. Medical centers in the city are treating nearly 2,700 Covid patients, including 1,600, 855 and 333 with mild, moderate and severe symptoms, respectively.
The city proposed the Ministry of Health support it in training medical workers to better classify Covid-19 cases and provide it with more Molnupiravir.