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Latest Covid wave spreads nationwide

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 7,504 new Covid-19 cases today, November 5, with the northern mountainous province of Cao Bang recording the first patient in the ongoing fourth wave. Thus, all 63 cities and provinces nationwide have been hit by the current Covid-19 wave.

Of the new cases, 17 were imported and 7,487 were domestic infections detected in 60 localities, up 911 cases over yesterday.

The caseload today was the highest over the past 36 days.

Dong Nai took the lead in the number of new infections, at 953, followed by Binh Duong with 917 cases, HCMC with 912 cases and Kien Giang with 477 cases. In addition, 468 other cases were reported in Bac Lieu, 411 in An Giang, 305 in Tay Ninh, 298 in Binh Thuan and 241 in Ca Mau.

Other cities and provinces reported fewer than 200 cases each.

With the new cases today, Vietnam has had 948,646 infections in the fourth Covid-19 wave.

Of the total, 834,530 patients have fully recovered, with 1,941 cases being discharged from hospitals today.

Meanwhile, 70 more Covid-19 deaths were confirmed, including 33 in HCMC, nine in An Giang, six in Binh Duong, five in Long An, three each in Kien Giang and Soc Trang, two each in Hau Giang and Bac Lieu, and one each in Hung Yen, Daklak, Tay Ninh, Dong Nai, Tien Giang, Ninh Thuan and Ben Tre.

Pham Duc Hai, deputy head of the HCMC anti-Covid steering committee, said the numbers of new Covid-19 infections, hospitalized cases and deaths had increased over the past few days, so the pandemic in the city remained complicated and unpredictable.

Specifically, the number of hospitalized Covid-19 cases have risen to over 1,000 on November 2 and 944 on November 3. The number of Covid-19 deaths picked up from 21 on October 21 to 40 on November 2 and 28 on November 3.

Hai said many residents in the city failed to comply with anti-pandemic regulations.

In related news, the Dong Nai government today issued a document guiding the quarantine and treatment of Covid-19 cases at home.

These cases must be asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. In addition, they must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have got one vaccine dose for at least 14 days.

Medical workers will monitor the health of Covid-19 cases treated at home, provide them with medicines and test them periodically. Asymptomatic cases will have to stay at home for 10 days, while the period is 14 days for those developing mild symptoms. All of them will later monitor their health for another week.

During the treatment process at home, if their symptoms worsen, they must immediately inform the local medial forces of their health conditions.

According to the Dong Nai government, the quarantine of Covid-19 cases at home is aimed at easing the overload at centralized quarantine facilities.

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