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New Covid infections reach nearly 6,200 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam reported 6,192 new Covid cases today, November 3, including 17 imported cases and 6,175 domestic infections in 58 provinces and cities nationwide, said the Ministry of Health.

Also in the day, the Center for Disease Control of Ninh Thuan Province registered to add 914 more locally-infected cases, who returned home from virus-hit regions nationwide and had been quarantined upon arrival, to the national monitoring system.

HCMC took the lead with 985 new cases, up 303 cases day-on-day. The neighboring provinces of Dong Nai and Binh Duong reported 905 and 773 cases, respectively. Especially, the latest outbreak is raging in the Mekong Delta recently with six of the 13 localities in the delta reporting a triple-digit figure in daily cases today, at between 120 and 380.

The ministry also announced that more than 8,800 Covid patients were declared free of Covid in the day, sending the country’s total recoveries to over 830,000 cases. Meanwhile, 78 patients died of the disease the same day, with 40 of them in HCMC, 13 in Binh Duong.

In related news, the Hung Yen provincial General Hospital suspended admitting new outpatients and inpatients starting today until further notice to focus on slowing the spread of the coronavirus. It will only receive seriously-ill patients, those that need emergency treatment, or those whose medical problems are beyond the treatment capacity of lower-level hospitals, provided these patients test negative for Covid.

Earlier, a local woman of Hung Yen City on October 28 visited the hospital for a medical check-up and then stayed at the hospital for further treatment. On November 2, she conducted procedures to be transferred to Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi. She tested positive for Covid today.

In the north-central province of Thanh Hoa, following the detection of over 20 locally-infected cases in Nghi Son Town, the local authorities of Nghi Son decided to suspend non-essential services including bars, karaoke and massage parlors, spas, beauty salons, gyms, yoga studios, game shops, outdoor sports activities starting today until further notice. Eateries were not allowed to offer dine-in services.

Also, students in eight virus-hit communes and wards of Nghi Son Town, such as Cac Son, Thanh Son, Truong Lam, and Hai Nhan, will stay at home starting today to help slow the spread of the virus.

Besides, the Nghi Son General Hospital has been put under lockdown and temporarily suspended admitting new patients. People that want to receive medical check-ups and treatment at the hospital will be redirected to other medical facilities in the town.

In another development, Vinh Long Province today launched its vaccination campaign for children aged 12-17, with nearly 5,000 students aged 15-17 in its Vinh Long City getting their first shots in the day. All localities in the province will vaccinate children aged 12-17 starting tomorrow.

The Mekong Delta province planned to inoculate over 90% of local children aged 12-17. The province has over 88,500 children in this age group.

Aside from its vaccination campaign for children, the southern province is speeding up its vaccination rollout for people aged 18 and older. Up to now, over 96% or nearly 740,000 people aged 18 and older in Vinh Long have received their first doses, while the second-dose vaccination rate is over 25% or over 195,000 people. The province is striving to fully vaccinate these two groups by the end of this month.

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