HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid tally has reached 857,639 as the Ministry of Health confirmed 3,797 fresh Covid infections this evening, October 15, with eight imported cases and 3,789 domestic ones, up 701 cases over yesterday.
Among the new domestic cases in 47 cities and provinces, HCMC reported 1,131 infections, up 222 cases day-on-day , followed by Dong Nai with 586, Binh Duong with 533, Soc Trang with 414, An Giang with 170 and Ca Mau with 168. Other localities reported fewer than 100 cases each.
Since the current fourth wave of the pandemic began in late April, the country has reported 852,986 locally-infected Covid cases, with 786,106 Covid patients having fully recovered.
The ministry also reported 93 new Covid fatalities, including 61 in HCMC, 18 in Binh Duong, four in Tien Giang, two each in Tay Ninh, Long An and Dong Nai and one each in Dong Thap, Daklak, Kien Giang and Soc Trang.
The country’s Covid death toll now stands at 21,043, accounting for 2.4% of the total infections.
In related news, HCMC today saw 20 traditional markets in many districts resume their operations, the local media reported.
As of today, 68 of a total of 234 traditional markets in the city have been operating, according to the HCMC Department of Industry and Trade.
The department also said that from October 16 to 20, 16 more markets in the city will reopen their doors.
Eight districts, including 4, 6, 7, Go Vap, Phu Nhuan, Binh Chanh, Hoc Mon and Nha Be, have yet to allow markets to resume.
In another development, due to rising number of Covid infections amid massive returnees from elsewhere, Ca Mau Province is readying two more Covid field hospitals.
The Field Hospital No. 3, with 200 beds, is located at the Tuberculosis and Lung Disease Hospital, while the Field Hospital No. 5 located at the Cuu Long Plaza building is set to have 350 beds. After all five field hospitals are in use, the province can treat some 1,000 Covid patients at the same time.
Ca Mau Province has reported 966 Covid infections in the ongoing fourth wave.