HCMC – Vietnam reported 11,478 new cases of Covid-19 this evening, September 12, with HCMC and the neighboring province of Binh Duong combined accounting for nearly 9,350 cases, according to the Ministry of Health.
Among the new infections, 11,469 were locally-infected cases, down 458 cases against yesterday, and the rest were imported cases.
HCMC recorded the highest number of new cases, at 6,158, up 529 cases day-on-day, while Binh Duong had 3,188 cases, down 783 cases. Dong Nai and Long An provinces reported 974 and 285 cases, respectively. The remaining cases were found in 29 other provinces and cities.
Also in the day, more than 11,100 Covid patients were confirmed free from the disease, sending the country’s recoveries to 354,578.
Meanwhile, the country reported 261 more Covid deaths the same day, with HCMC accounting for 200 fatalities and Binh Duong 39.
In related news, many localities in the north-central province of Nghe An have eased mobility restrictions as the Covid situation in these places is improving.
The province’s Vinh City, Cua Lo Town, and Nghi Loc District with over 770,000 residents in total have decided to relax the social distancing measures, from the stringent stay-at-home mandate under the prime minister’s Directive 16 to Directive 15 with more relaxed measures starting from tomorrow.
Besides, 17 of the 18 communes and town of Hung Nguyen District, 33 of the 37 localities of Dien Chau, and 18 of Nam Dan District’s 19 localities also relaxed social distancing measures.
The province’s leader allowed local authorities to supplement a number of anti-virus measures on par with the current Covid situation in their areas.
Under Directive 15, the above-mentioned localities will continue to ban large events of over 20 people, and gatherings of more than 10 outside offices, schools, hospitals. People are required to keep at least two meters away from others in public places, while non-essential services remain shut.
In Vinh City, the authorities are set to reopen eight local markets, administer Covid vaccine doses to thousands of vendors and the relevant people, as well as closely monitor people entering the city.
Since June 13, Nghe An has reported over 1,700 confirmed Covid patients, with Vinh City taking the lead with 632 cases, Yen Thanh District with 199 cases, Dien Chau District with 186 cases. The Nghe An Center for Disease Control’s leader announced that all outbreaks and infection clusters in the province have been put under control.
In another development, Nguyen Thanh Long, Minister of Health, received 200,000 Covid vaccine doses at a donation handover ceremony at the Hanoi-based Noi Bai International Airport this afternoon.
Among the total doses, 100,000 were donated by the Government of Belgium and the other 100,000 were presented by the Government of Slovakia.
Earlier, between September 6 and 11, National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue led a high-ranking delegation to Europe to attend the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in Austria and to visit the European Parliament, Belgium and Finland.
On the occasion, the governments of Belgium and Slovakia presented the 200,000 vaccine doses to Vietnam. Also, many organizations, businesses, and individuals donated medical supplies worth a total of over VND1 trillion to Vietnam.