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Nearly 12,500 new Covid infections recorded

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam recorded 12,481 fresh cases of Covid-19 this evening, September 6, with 12,477 of them being domestic infections, declining 624 cases against yesterday, said the Ministry of Health.

Among the fresh domestic infections, the source of transmission of 8,099 cases is unknown.

HCMC as the country’s current epicenter of the pandemic accounted for the most, at 7,122 cases, up 896 cases day-on-day. Binh Duong Province, which borders HCMC, took the second place with 2,194 cases, declining 1,346 cases. Meanwhile, Dong Nai Province east of HCMC saw a decline of 372 cases, at 871 new cases. The rest were found in 36 other provinces and cities nationwide.

The country in the day also reported 311 new coronavirus deaths in 15 localities, with HCMC taking the lead with 233 fatalities, followed by Binh Duong with 39, sending the country’s death toll linked to the virus to 13,385 cases.

Meanwhile, 9,730 Covid-19 patients were declared free of the disease on the same day, taking the nation’s total recoveries to 301,457.

The HCMC government has asked local authorities and agencies citywide to ramp up the mass testing drive to detect infections in the community, scale down extremely-high risk areas, expand and monitor safe zones, and make efforts to slow the spread of the virus before September 15, reported VnExpress.

In related news, after detecting an infection cluster at the Dong Ha City Medical Center in Quang Tri Province, the provincial Center for Disease Control set up 13 teams to collect samples of 2,000 people linked to the cluster for testing, and track down the remaining cases in the community.

Elsewhere, the Mekong Delta province of An Giang will continue social distancing under the prime minister’s Directive 15 from tomorrow until further notice, while high-risk areas continued to follow the stricter stay-at-home order under Directive 16.

Kien Giang, another province in the delta, will continue to impose the shelter-in-place measures under Directive 16 on seven districts and cities from September 7 to 13. The remaining eight localities will be subject to Directive 15 from September 7 and were told to make efforts to return to the new normal.

As for the central city of Danang, the municipal Department of Health will launch the largest ever vaccination drive in the city from September 8 to 11, administering the first dose of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to over 92,000 people, including those in safe zones.

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