HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, November 28, reported 12,936 new Covid-19 cases, with eight of them imported and 12,928 locally infected in 57 cities and provinces, falling 120 cases over yesterday.
Among the domestic infections, HCMC recorded the highest case number, at 1,454, followed by Can Tho with 966, Binh Duong with 705, Tay Ninh with 692, Binh Thuan with 598 and Dong Thap with 592.
In addition, 591 other cases were confirmed in Binh Phuoc, 553 in Dong Nai, 545 in Vinh Long, 531 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, 522 in Ben Tre and 512 in Bac Lieu.
Soc Trang, Kien Giang and Ca Mau detected 491, 439 and 387 infections, respectively, while other localities had fewer than 300 cases each.
The new cases have sent Vietnam’s Covid tally in the ongoing fourth wave to over 1.2 million cases, with 955,819 Covid patients having recovered. Today alone, 1,712 patients were discharged from hospitals.
The Ministry of Health also confirmed 190 more Covid deaths today. HCMC accounted for the most, at 72 cases, including 10 cases transferred from other provinces to the city.
In addition, 18 Covid fatalities were reported in Dong Nai, 13 in Binh Duong, 10 in Kien Giang, nine each in An Giang, Long An and Can Tho and eight in Binh Thuan. Twelve other provinces had one to six cases each.
From November 19 to 25, nine districts in HCMC–1, 6, 7, 8, 11, Tan Binh, Binh Chanh, Cu Chi and Can Gio–were considered at low risk of Covid-19 transmission, while Thu Duc City and 12 other districts–3, 4, 5, 10, 12, Binh Thanh, Binh Tan, Go Vap, Phu Nhuan, Tan Phu, Thu Duc, Hoc Mon, Nha Be–were at moderate risk.
Three districts–4, Binh Thanh and Tan Phu–upgraded their Covid-19 transmission risk level from low to moderate, while Can Gio saw its transmission risk level change from moderate to low.
The whole of HCMC was still at moderate risk.
The city recorded over 8,700 new cases from November 19 to 25. With 9.1 million people, the city had an average of 93.8 positive cases out of 100,000 residents per week.
As for the vaccination rate criteria, as of November 25, nearly 100% of residents 18 and older in the city had got at least one dose and nearly 98% of people 50 and older had been fully vaccinated.
In related news, one of the four high school students in Bac Giang Province’s Son Dong District experiencing anaphylaxis after being vaccinated against Covid-19 died today after three days of treatment, said Nguyen Thi Huong, deputy director of the provincial Department of Health.
The 16-year-old boy had been earlier treated at Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi. Another student is being also treated at the hospital, while two others are being monitored at the Son Dong Medical Center.
They received the first Pfizer vaccine dose on November 24.
In another development, the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang today decided to ban local residents from venturing out from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. from November 29, except for emergency cases and certain forces.
The provincial Police Department will coordinate with the provincial Military Command, Border Guard Command and governments of districts, towns and cities in the province to establish patrol teams to conduct random checks and handle violators of anti-pandemic regulations.
From 0 a.m. on November 29, the province’s Covid-19 transmission risk level will be upgraded from moderate to high.
According to Soc Trang Chairman Tran Van Lau, the number of new Covid-19 cases in the province has risen continuously over the past few days. On November 27, it recorded 714 new cases, the highest-ever.