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Over 12,000 new Covid-19 infections, 352 deaths reported

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, August 28 confirmed six imported Covid-19 cases and 12,097 fresh domestic ones in 39 provinces and cities, down 804 cases against yesterday, and reported 352 Covid fatalities.

Among the locally-infected cases, HCMC reported the biggest number at 5,481, up 98 cases against yesterday, taking the city’s Covid-19 count to 204,964 in the current fourth Covid-19 wave, which began in late April. Binh Duong Province came second with 4,049 infections, down 138 cases against the previous day, sending the province’s caseload to 98,794.

As such, infections have risen to almost 2.27% of the population in HCMC and over 4% in Binh Duong.

Dong Nai Province came next with 797 new cases today, while the remaining cases were found in 36 other localities.

The latest domestic cases have raised the country’s caseload in the ongoing fourth wave to 418,320, with 208,215 patients having recovered from the disease.

Eight out of 62 virus-hit provinces and cities have gone 14 consecutive days without any new Covid-19 infection in the community.

The subcommittee of treatment under the national anti-virus steering committee today reported 352 more Covid-19 deaths, with HCMC recording the highest, at 271. In addition, 38 fatalities were reported in Binh Duong, 16 in Dong Nai, 15 in Tien Giang, four in Long An, two each in Dong Thap and Khanh Hoa and one each in Danang, Ben Tre, Nghe An and Thua Thien Hue.

In related news, during a working session with the Government’s working team led by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on August 27, Dong Nai Chairman Cao Tien Dung proposed the Government provide the province two million more doses of Covid vaccine.

As the province is planning to separate positive Covid-19 cases from the community by conducting mass Covid testing, the provincial chairman also asked for the prime minister’s support for one million test kits.

Besides, the province proposed the Government send 50 doctors to aid the province in the fight against the pandemic, plus 100 ventilators and 1,000 medical syringe pumps to serve Covid-19 treatment, the local media reported.

To put the pandemic under control, Chairman Dung also proposed the ministries of Health and National Defense and northern provinces to continue dispatching medical workers and anti-forces to the province to join its fight against Covid-19.

Dong Nai Province is the country’s third largest coronavirus hotspot, after HCMC and Binh Duong, reporting 22,264 Covid-19 cases in the ongoing fourth Covid wave.

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