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Vietnam records 7,930 new Covid-19 infections

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 7,930 new Covid-19 cases this evening, November 10, with 12 of them imported and 7,918 locally infected, sending the country’s total case number so far to 992,735.

The new infections were detected in 59 cities and provinces. HCMC reported the most infections, at 1,414, followed by Dong Nai with 848, Binh Duong with 627, An Giang with 450, and Tay Ninh with 435.

Tien Giang, Kien Giang, Soc Trang, Binh Thuan, Dong Thap, and Bac Lieu detected 234-396 new cases each. Other cities and provinces had fewer than 200 new infections each.

With the fresh cases recorded today, domestically transmitted cases have amounted to 987,758 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health confirmed 79 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s death toll to 22,765. The new deaths included 43 in HCMC, nine in Binh Duong, four each in Long An, Tien Giang and An Giang, and three Dong Nai. Eight other cities and provinces reported one or two deaths each.

To date, 844,054 Covid patients have fully recovered, while there are currently more than 3,600 critically ill Covid patients in the country.

Vietnam has administered nearly 94 million doses of Covid vaccines nationwide so far. Some 31.1 million people have got two shots.

In related news, the Australian Government, in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), presented 1,910 vaccine refrigerators, 5 million syringes and 50,000 safety boxes to the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology under the Vietnamese Ministry of Health on November 9 to facilitate Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout.

Addressing the handover ceremony, UNICEF Representative Rana Flowers said: “UNICEF is delighted to join hands with the Australian Government to support Vietnam to enhance the capacity of the health and immunization systems to efficiently and equitably distribute Covid-19 vaccines”.

In addition to these medical supplies, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne announced at a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on November 9 that the Australian Government will donate 2.6 million more doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Vietnam. The new donation will raise Australia’s total Covid-19 vaccine assistance to Vietnam to 7.8 million doses.

Vietnam has also received DNA sequencing machines, which decipher the genetic code of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, and help track outbreaks from the United States.

The U.S. presented American-made sequencing machines to Cho Ray Hospital in HCMC on October 19 and Bach Mai Hospital in Hanoi on November 9.

“The U.S. and Vietnam share a vision for the future where new variants, like the Delta variant, are identified before they can hurt us,” the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam said in a statement.

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