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Positive Covid cases expected to rise in HCMC

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HCMC – The HCMC Center for Disease Control (HCDC) has forecast that the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the city will rise in the coming time and advised residents to keep calm as the health sector is preparing to respond to this scenario.

HCMC is conducting mass Covid-19 testing for all residents during the intense social distancing period starting from August 23, so positive Covid cases are expected to rise, HCDC said today, August 27.

From August 23 to 25, the city conducted some one million Covid tests, said deputy director of the HCMC Department of Health Nguyen Hoai Nam.

Some 3.5% of the samples taken for testing tested positive for Covid-19 on August 23, 3.2% on August 24 and 3.8% on August 25.

In the fourth Covid-19 wave, up to 194,596 Covid infections have been detected in HCMC and confirmed by the Ministry of Health.

The city is treating over 37,990 Covid patients, including 2,321 children, 2,697 patients put on ventilators and 20 others relying on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, the local media reported.

On August 26, as many as 2,121 patients were discharged from hospitals, raising the city’s total recoveries since January 1 to 97,719.

On the same day, the city found no new infection clusters, while still monitoring 16 existing clusters.

As of August 25, over 5.6 million Covid-19 vaccine doses had been administered citywide, with over 5.3 million people receiving a first shot and some 240,000 receiving two doses.

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