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Vietnam records 6,580 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 6,580 new Covid-19 cases this evening, November 4, increasing by 401 cases from yesterday.

Of the figure, four were imported cases and 6,576 were domestic infections, sending the country’s total case number so far to 946,043.

The new infections were detected in 49 cities and provinces. HCMC reported the most infections, at 981, followed closely behind by Binh Duong with 948 and Dong Nai with 939. Kien Giang recorded 478, An Giang 381, Tien Giang 263, Tay Ninh 240 and Daklak 210.

Other cities and provinces reported fewer than 200 cases each.

With the fresh cases recorded today, domestically transmitted cases have amounted to 941,159 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health confirmed 59 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s total death toll to 22,342. The new deaths included 28 in HCMC, 13 in Binh Duong, and three each in Dong Nai and Tien Giang. Eight other cities and provinces reported one or two deaths each.

To date, 832,589 Covid patients have fully recovered, while more than 3,000 coronavirus patients are still in critical condition.

Vietnam has administered nearly 84.9 million doses of the Covid vaccines nationwide so far. Some 26 million people have got two shots.

A new survey of the HCMC Department of Health showed that up to 86% of Covid-19 patients that have been hospitalized in the city recently are people that have received one or two vaccine shots. However, most of them suffer mild or moderate symptoms only.

“People can still be infected with Covid-19 even if they have been vaccinated. Some even become critically ill or die without timely treatment. However, the rate is extremely low compared to that among people that have not been vaccinated,” said doctor Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, deputy director of the HCMC Department of Health.

He suggested that vaccinated people still need to strictly comply with anti-pandemic measures such as wearing face masks, using hand sanitizers, and keeping a safe distance from each other in public places.

In a bid to support children affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations and the Panamanian Embassy in Vietnam handed over necessities to disadvantaged children at the Birla Children’s Village on November 3. The event took place on the occasion of the 118th Independence Day of Panama.

Panamanian Ambassador to Vietnam Eligio Salas III said children are the future of a country, but they are also among the most vulnerable groups during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Panamanian Embassy wishes to use the Independence Day as an occasion to help ease hardships facing the children and to thank Vietnam for supporting the Panamanian people during the struggle for independence in the past.

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