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Over 8,000 new Covid-19 infections reported

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 8,176 fresh Covid cases this evening, November 14, along with more than 5,200 more recoveries and 64 fatalities linked to the coronavirus.

Of the new infections, 8,163 patients were locally infected cases detected in 52 provinces and cities across the country, down 288 cases day-on-day. The remaining 13 were imported cases.

HCMC took the lead in the case number with 985 infections, down 255 against yesterday. The southern provinces of An Giang, Dong Nai, and Binh Duong reported over 600 cases each, in addition to 16 other localities that recorded a triple-digit number in new cases, mostly in the south.

Besides, 5,257 coronavirus patients were declared free of the disease in the day while 64 more patients died of the virus, raising the country’s total recoveries to over 860,000 cases and death toll to over 23,000 cases.

In related news, the municipal health authority of HCMC is set to propose reopening district-level quarantine centers and field hospitals to cope with a spike in new Covid cases in the city.

In the capital city of Hanoi, the city’s Health Department has approved the Hanoi Center for Disease Control’s proposal to shorten the interval between the first and the second shot of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to four weeks from 8-12 weeks.

In another development, two northern provinces of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh have begun allowing direct contacts of the confirmed Covid patients to self-quarantine at home, provided their houses meet the health authorities’ requirements on quarantine.

During the fourth wave of infections since late April, many southern provinces and cities, where the pandemic has taken a heavy toll, had allowed direct contacts to self-quarantine at home and Covid patients that were asymptomatic or showed mild symptoms to receive home-based care. Meanwhile, most of the localities in the north have yet to implement the home-based quarantine and treatment.

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