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Many imported Covid-19 cases in HCMC await genomic sequencing

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – HCMC reported 37 imported cases of Covid-19 that were awaiting genomic sequencing on their positive samples as of yesterday, January 3, said the HCMC Center for Disease Control.

These 37 cases excluded five Omicron cases who had previously tested negative, reported Thanh Nien newspaper.

Since January 1 this year, the city has been conducting a rapid Covid test on all passengers entering the city through the Tan Son Nhat International Airport to detect probable Covid infections. Those who test positive will be taken to the Covid-19 Field Hospital No. 12 in the city for medical treatment and genomic sequencing.

As for the Covid treatment and quarantine activities in the city, the number of new Covid cases and fatalities over the past month has declined significantly, according to the municipal Health Department’s report.

The following month-on-month comparison shows a sharp fall in Covid-19 infections and fatalities.

By December 2 last year, the city was quarantining and providing treatment to 86,787 cases. Of them, more than 13,800 cases were being treated at medical facilities for moderately and severely ill patients. Over 6,000 others were being monitored at centralized quarantine facilities, while nearly 66,900 cases were under home-based quarantine and treatment. It also reported 68 Covid deaths the same day.

By January 2, the city was quarantining and treating nearly 46,700 cases. In the day, the city reported 384 new infections and 30 deaths.

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