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Health Ministry reports over 10,500 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam reported 10,508 more Covid cases this evening, September 14, with all but 12 being domestic cases, down 672 cases over the day earlier, said the Ministry of Health.

HCMC as the biggest coronavirus hotspot had 6,312 cases, up 866 cases against yesterday, followed by the neighboring province of Binh Duong with 2,178 cases, down nearly 1,500 cases day-on-day. Dong Nai, Long An and Kien Giang provinces had 777, 379, 157 new cases, respectively. The rest were detected in 28 other provinces and cities.

The country also reported 273 new Covid deaths in the day, with 199 cases in HCMC, 41 in Binh Duong, and 12 in Dong Nai.

Meanwhile, nearly 12,700 Covid patients were confirmed to have recovered from the disease on the same day, sending the nation’s recoveries to more than 398,400 cases.

In related news, many localities in the Mekong Delta province of Long An continued to follow the stay-at-home mandate until September 20. From today, fully vaccinated people in areas practicing the shelter-in-place order under the prime minister’s Directive 15 are allowed to travel through Covid checkpoints. Meanwhile, fully vaccinated residents of Duc Hoa, Ben Luc, Can Duoc, Can Giuoc, and Thu Thua districts who are subject to Directive 15 can travel through Covid checkpoints within their districts only.

In the north, Haiphong City and Thai Binh Province announced to relax social distancing measures today.

Haiphong allowed some essential services including eateries, restaurants, and spas to reopen starting tomorrow, provided they have to comply with anti-virus measures. Parks and flower gardens in the city can also reopen but large gatherings of over 10 people at the same time and the same place are banned, and people have to keep at least two meters apart.

In Thai Binh, eateries are permitted to resume dine-in services and operate no later than 9 p.m. from tomorrow, but they must follow Covid safety protocols and not encroach on pavements for offering their services.

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