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Over 3,600 new Covid infections reported

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, October 11, confirmed 3,619 fresh Covid cases, marking the second straight day that the country’s daily Covid caseload stayed below 4,000.

The new infections included two imported cases and 3,617 domestic ones in 44 cities and provinces, up 104 cases over yesterday.

HCMC recorded nearly half of the new local infections, at 1,527, followed by Dong Nai with 499, Binh Duong with 466, An Giang with 142 and Daklak with 119. Other provinces and cities detected fewer than 100 infections each.

Vietnam’s Covid tally has reached 843,281, with 838,653 domestic infections in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

Among 115 new Covid fatalities reported today, 75 deaths were confirmed in HCMC, 18 in Binh Duong, five each in Dong Nai and An Giang, four in Tien Giang, two each in Ninh Thuan and Long An, and one each in Quang Binh, Binh Dinh, Can Tho and Tay Ninh.

In related news, as of this afternoon, the number of positive Covid cases undergoing home isolation and care in HCMC was over 17,800, while some 7,400 patients are being treated at concentrated quarantine facilities and 15,000 others are receiving treatment at hospitals.

Some 2,000 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals today, raising the city’s recoveries to 232,923.

As of October 10, the city had administered over 12 million Covid vaccine doses, with over five million people having received two shots, accounting for 72.4% of its adult population.

The new infections have raised the city’s Covid count in the ongoing fourth wave to 411,655.

In another development, lottery ticket vendors in several Mekong Delta provinces will be allowed to return to work after over three months of suspension.

The decision is aimed at creating jobs for tens of thousands of laborers, VnExpress news site reported.

Can Tho City and Hau Giang Province have approved plans to allow lottery ticket shops to reopen from October 22, while the Dong Thap government will allow lottery ticket sellers to restart work on October 25.

In addition, lottery ticket shops in Soc Trang Province will be allowed to reopen from October 27.

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