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Single-day Covid-19 case number drops to below 3,000

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, October 12, confirmed 2,949 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest single-day case number over the past three months.

Ten of the new infections were imported cases. The rest were local infections reported in 43 provinces and cities nationwide, falling 678 cases against yesterday. Among the domestic infections, the source of transmission of over 1,100 cases remains unknown.

HCMC accounted for the most, at 1,018 cases, down 509 cases day-on-day, followed by Dong Nai with 501 cases. Binh Duong, Tay Ninh, and An Giang provinces reported 447, 112, 111 cases, respectively. The remaining localities recorded a double- or single-digit number of new cases.

During the latest outbreak since April 27, the country has reported more than 841,000 cases, including over 780,000 recoveries.

The ministry also announced nearly 1,350 new recoveries the same day, raising the country’s total recoveries to more than 786,000 cases. Meanwhile, 93 new Covid deaths were reported in the day, with 64 cases in HCMC and 13 in Binh Duong.

The ministry has compiled guidelines on vaccinating children aged 12-18 against Covid and asked the relevant agencies to develop training materials on vaccination for children.

In related news, the Mekong Delta province of Ca Mau adopted new anti-Covid measures in the new normal starting today. Local people are allowed to travel within the province and have to seek permission of the destination’s authorities if they want to leave the province.

Gatherings of more than 10 people in public places, outside offices, schools, hospitals, factories are banned. People should keep at least two meters apart in public areas.

Further, local people must practice anti-virus measures and are recommended to take a Covid test periodically. Besides, hair salons, dining services, tourism activities within the province are allowed to resume with limits on guest or tourist numbers.

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