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Vietnam coronavirus cases set new record again, with over 164,000 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s daily Covid-19 cases reached a new record of 164,596 this evening, March 9, including 164,576 locally infected cases, up more than 2,100 cases against yesterday, said the Ministry of Health.

Hanoi remained the biggest hot spot, with 31,365 cases, followed far behind by Nghe An with 10,296 cases and Bac Ninh with 9,068 cases. Phu Tho reported 5,594 cases, while Son La, Hung Yen, Hoa Binh recorded around 4,000-4,900 cases each. Besides, 34 other provinces and cities saw four-digit numbers of daily cases.

In the day, the health authorities of Nghe An, Bac Giang, and Quang Ninh registered to add 45,896 cases, 30,353 cases, and 24,318 cases, respectively to the national Covid monitoring system. That is to say the country reported a staggering 265,100 cases today alone.

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in Vietnam, the country has reported over five million cases. Of them, over 2.85 million patients have fully recovered from the disease while 41,086 others died, including the latest 65,872 recoveries and 109 fatalities announced today.

In related news, the HCMC government said in an urgent dispatch sent to districts and Thu Duc City that it will launch a campaign to protect the highly-vulnerable groups of people against the coronavirus from now until March 31. The move is aimed at reducing the number of severely-ill patients and fatalities.

According to the city’s health authority, most of the severely-ill Covid patients and deaths in the city were people aged over 65, unvaccinated people, and those with underlying medical problems.

Besides, the southern city will ramp up efforts to persuade unvaccinated people in vulnerable groups to get vaccinated. The city planned to complete this task before March 29.

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