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Ministry confirms 4,642 more Covid-19 cases

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HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally has climbed to 241,543 as the Ministry of Health reported 4,642 more Covid-19 cases, including three imported ones, in 24 localities this morning, August 12.

Up to 1,256 cases were found being infectious while in the community.

HCMC accounted for half of the total domestic infections, at 2,318, followed by its neighboring provinces of Binh Duong, Dong Nai, Long An and Tien Giang with 911, 425, 354 and 212 cases, respectively.

In addition, Khanh Hoa had 130 cases, Tay Ninh confirmed 79 cases and Tra Vinh recorded 25 cases. The rest were reported in 16 other localities.

Thus, the number of new cases this morning was 153 cases lower than that reported yesterday morning.

The new cases sent the country’s Covid-19 caseload in the ongoing fourth wave, which began on April 27, to 237,538, including 135,485 in HCMC, 34,659 in Binh Duong, 12,609 in Long An and 10,593 in Dong Nai.

On August 11, an additional 200 medical workers from Thai Nguyen were dispatched to HCMC to support the city’s fight against the pandemic. Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi also sent its third team to the city.

In addition, 10 doctors and 25 nurses of the Quang Nam Central General Hospital arrived in HCMC to coordinate with the Hue Central Hospital, Hospital C Danang and Quy Hoa National Leprosy Dermatology Hospital to establish an intensive care unit for Covid-19 patients in HCMC.

They also brought along medical equipment, machines and medicines to operate the unit.

This is the second time the Quang Nam Central General Hospital has sent medical workers to HCMC to help the city combat Covid-19. On July 12, 42 medical workers of the hospital arrived in the city.

The Vietnam-Cuba Friendship Hospital in Quang Binh Province also sent 50 medical workers, including 20 doctors and 30 nurses and technicians, to HCMC. The team will work at the intensive care unit in Tan Phu District.

On July 27, 17 medical workers of the hospital were sent to HCMC to help with the treatment of Covid-19 patients at a field hospital in Thu Duc City.

In related news, from August 9 to 17, Hanoi will conduct a maximum of 1.3 million RT-PCR tests for all residents in extremely-high-risk areas and some two million quick tests for residents in high-risk areas.

This is the largest-ever testing drive in Hanoi to isolate Covid-19 cases from the community.

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