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Over 15,700 Covid infections reported

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, January 25, confirmed 15,743 fresh Covid cases, with 44 of them imported and 15,699 locally infected in 61 cities and provinces, up 1,392 cases against yesterday.

Among the domestic cases, Hanoi City recorded the highest number at 2,956, up 155 infections day-on-day, followed far behind by Danang City with 989 cases, Haiphong with 704, Thanh Hoa with 685 and Hung Yen with 623.

Bac Ninh, Bac Giang and Quang Ngai detected 400-560 cases each, while other localities had fewer than 400 infections each.

Vietnam has detected 163 Omicron-variant cases in Hanoi, Quang Nam, HCMC, Hai Duong, Haiphong, Thanh Hoa, Danang, Khanh Hoa, Long An, Quang Ninh, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Kien Giang and Binh Duong.

Since the fourth wave of the coronavirus began in late April, the country has confirmed over 2.1 million domestic infections, with more than 1.9 million Covid patients having recovered from the disease.

The ministry also reported 126 Covid fatalities today, including 18 in Hanoi, nine each in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Tien Giang and Vinh Long, eight in Can Tho, seven in Haiphong, six each in Dong Thap and Thua Thien Hue and five in HCMC. The rest were reported in other cities and provinces. The country’s Covid death toll now stands at 37,010.

In related news, all migrant workers and people returning to their hometown for the Tet celebration will not have to undergo quarantine, except those who have their health monitored at home or in areas under lockdown, Nguyen Thi Lien Huong, head of the Health Environment Management Agency under the Health Ministry, said today.

The ministry on January 22 sent a dispatch to all provinces and cities asking them to create favorable conditions for residents to return to their hometowns to celebrate the Tet holiday as the country’s Covid vaccine coverage rate is very high, with over 96% of adults fully vaccinated.

The ministry also ordered the localities to comply with Covid safety protocols and regularly monitor the health of people who develop symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, the local media reported.

In another development, over 6.2 million doses of the Covid vaccine have recently been donated to Vietnam by Germany, Luxembourg, Portugal and United Kingdom through the Covax Facility.

Specifically, Vietnam took delivery of more than four million doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Germany, 99,450 Pfizer doses from Luxembourg, 159,120 Pfizer doses from Portugal and over 2.01 million AstraZeneca doses from the United Kingdom.

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