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Vietnam records 12,420 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health announced 12,420 fresh Covid-19 cases this evening, September 9, including 21 imported cases and the rest being domestic cases found in 39 provinces and cities nationwide.

The latest daily number of domestic infections fell 264 cases against the previous day. Among the new domestic cases, the source of transmission of 6,138 cases remains unknown.

HCMC as usual took the lead in the case number, at 5,549, dropping 1,759 cases. The neighboring province of Binh Duong reported 4,531 new cases, rising 1,359 cases. Dong Nai, another neighboring province, also saw an increase of 66 cases, at 880 new cases.

Also, 272 deaths linked to the coronavirus were reported in the day, with most of them in HCMC and Binh Duong.

The ministry added that 12,523 more Covid patients have recovered and were discharged from hospital on the same day, sending the country’s total to more than 338,000 recoveries.

In related news, in the north-central province of Nghe An, 11 out of 21 districts that have followed the stay-at-home mandate under the prime minister’s Directives 15 and 16 have returned to the new normal, Nguyen Duc Trung, chairman of the provincial government, told a Covid-related meeting yesterday.

A report of the provincial Department of Health showed that the province has reported over 1,700 Covid cases. Since August 14, the Covid fight in the province has seen some positive outcome as the number of domestic cases declined and 821 coronavirus patients have fully recovered.

Duong Dinh Chinh, director of the provincial Health Department, said that many more infections may remain undetected in the community in Vinh City, although four mass testing drives had been carried out in the city. Accordingly, it is necessary to launch another testing drive in high-risk areas.

Tran Ngoc Tu, chairman of Vinh City, proposed that if the city completes isolating infections from the community by September 12, it will ease lockdown restrictions and reopen around eight of the 25 wet markets in the city.

Elsewhere, the northern province of Lao Cai will allow some essential services including restaurants, eateries, coffee shops, beauty salons to resume operations starting tomorrow, having achieved some goods results in the fight against the coronavirus, with no new cases reported over the past two weeks.

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