HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid-19 cases have climbed to 624,547 as the Ministry of Health this evening, September 13 confirmed 11,172 more cases, including 11,168 domestic infections in 35 provinces and cities, down 301 cases over yesterday.
Among the locally-infected cases, HCMC had the highest number at 5,446, down 712 cases day-on-day, raising the city’s case number in the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic to 303,475.
Binh Duong as usual came second with 3,651 cases, followed by Dong Nai with 768, Long An with 327, Tien Giang with 161 and Tay Ninh with 142. The remaining cases were detected in 29 other localities.
The latest domestic cases raised the country’s caseload in the current wave to 620,165, with 383,004 patients having made a full recovery.
The ministry also reported 298 new Covid-19 deaths, with 228 in HCMC, 32 in Binh Duong, 10 in Dong Nai, seven in Long An, five each in Tien Giang and Dong Thap, three in Can Tho, two each in Khanh Hoa and Danang, one each in Phu Yen, Binh Thuan, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and An Giang. Besides, 83 previous fatalities were updated by Binh Duong, Dong Thap and An Giang.
Vietnam’s Covid death toll has hit 15,660, accounting for 2.5% of the total infections.
In related news, the HCMC Department of Health today sent an urgent dispatch to the Military Medical Department under the Ministry of National Defense proposing the latter send more anti-virus forces and medical workers to the city’s pop-up health stations.
Earlier on September 8, the municipal department held a meeting with the Military Medical Department discussing the establishment of mobile walk-in health stations in wards and communes in Thu Duc City and districts based on the number of Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment at home.
Accordingly, the department agreed to dispatch forces to 102 new pop-up health stations in the city, the local media reported.
Earlier on August 23, the Ministry of National Defense sent 1,000 students at the Military Medical Academy to HCMC and other southern provinces to help them fight off the pandemic.
In another development, Prof. Dr. Pham Nhu Hiep, director of the Hue Central Hospital in Thua Thien Hue Province, today said that the hospital was well prepared for facilities, medical equipment and human resources to receive and treat Covid-19 patients in the central region.
The hospital has converted its Campus No. 2 in Phong Dien District into an ICU center, with up to 600 beds, for Covid patients in the region.