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New Covid infections exceed 16,300 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally increased by 16,377 cases this evening, December 23, including 16,367 domestic infections, down 155 cases against yesterday, and ten imported cases, according to the Ministry of Health.

Among the locally-transmitted cases found in 62 provinces and cities, Hanoi again took the lead by case number, at 1,774, up 128 cases day-on-day. Ca Mau Province came second with 1,167 cases, followed by Tay Ninh, Vinh Long, Khanh Hoa that reported around 800-950 cases. HCMC and Dong Thap each had 787 cases.

The ministry also confirmed 280 new Covid deaths and 10,944 new recoveries in the day, bringing the country’s total fatalities and recoveries to over 30,500 and more than 1,184,400 cases, respectively.

In related news, due to a spike in cases, the health authority of Thai Binh Province has put into operation eight field hospitals to admit and treat positive cases with mild or no symptoms across all of the eight districts in the province. Up to now, this northern province has reported 2,251 infections.

In Bac Lieu Province, chairman Pham Van Thieu yesterday, December 22, signed a decision updating the province’s Covid transmission risk and adding some anti-Covid regulations as the coronavirus situation remains complicated in this Mekong Delta locality.

According to the decision, local people in Bac Lieu were banned from venturing out from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., except for urgency.

Also, restaurants, eateries and drinking places are allowed to offer take-away services only and to open from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Meanwhile, non essential services such as bars, clubs, karaoke and massage parlors, internet and game shops, and beauty salons were asked to suspend operations.

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