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Vietnam records 9,650 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 9,650 new Covid-19 infections this evening, November 16, a spike of over 1,000 cases from yesterday.

Nine of them were imported cases and 9,641 were domestic transmissions. The ministry also updated 609 cases detected in previous days in Binh Thuan Province to the monitoring system, sending the country’s total case number so far to 1,045,397.

The new infections were detected in 59 cities and provinces. HCMC reported the most infections, at 1,183, followed by Tay Ninh with 683, Tien Giang with 671, Dong Nai with 631, Binh Duong with 607, An Giang with 482, and Binh Thuan with 439.

Dong Thap, Soc Trang, Ca Mau, Bac Lieu, Kien Giang and Ba Ria – Vung Tau reported 300-392 new cases each, while other cities and provinces had fewer than 300 new infections each.

With the fresh cases recorded today, domestically transmitted cases have amounted to 1,040,346 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health confirmed 87 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s death toll to 23,270. The new deaths included 35 in HCMC, seven in Binh Duong, six each in Long An and Bac Lieu, and five each in Dong Nai and Ca Mau. Twelve other cities and provinces reported one to three deaths each.

To date, 870,997 Covid patients have fully recovered, while there are currently more than 4,000 critically ill Covid patients in the country.

Vietnam has administered 100.8 million doses of Covid vaccines nationwide so far. Some 36 million people have got two shots.

In related news, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, on behalf of the Health Ministry, received 50,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine presented to Vietnam by the Austrian Government on November 16.

Addressing the handover ceremony, Austrian Ambassador to Vietnam Hans-Peter Glanzer spoke highly of Vietnam’s achievements in the national Covid vaccine rollout.

Deputy Health Minister Tuyen thanked the Austrian Government, organizations and businesses for their donations of vaccines and medical equipment. The assistance is of great significance as Vietnam and Austria will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year, Tuyen said.

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