HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 9,531 new Covid-19 infections this evening, November 20, down by nearly 100 cases from yesterday.
Thirteen of them were imported cases and 9,518 were domestic transmissions, sending the country’s total case number so far to 1,084,625.
The new infections were detected in 60 cities and provinces. HCMC reported the most infections, at 1,046, followed by Binh Duong with 669, Dong Nai with 621, Dong Thap with 515, Tay Ninh with 495, and Binh Thuan with 407.
Soc Trang, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Bac Lieu, Ca Mau, and An Giang reported 329 to 391 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 1,079,529 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.
This afternoon, the Ministry of Health confirmed 107 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s death toll to 23,685. The new deaths included 42 in HCMC, 14 in An Giang, seven in Dong Nai, five in Kien Giang and four each in Binh Thuan, Long An, Tien Giang, and Can Tho. Ten other cities and provinces reported one to three deaths each.
To date, 900,337 Covid patients have fully recovered, while there are currently some 4,630 critically ill Covid patients in the country.
Vietnam has administered 106.5 million doses of Covid vaccines nationwide so far. Some 40 million people have got two shots.
The Ministry of Health has sent an urgent notice to cities and provinces nationwide asking them to continue strictly complying with Covid infection prevention and control measures and speed up Covid vaccine rollout.
The ministry noted that a large number of people have returned to their hometowns from high-risk areas after social distancing measures were relaxed. Therefore, local authorities should keep a close eye on the situation and must stay vigilant.
They should prepare mobile medical stations in areas where the Covid situation remains complicated to provide the locals with sufficient and timely medical services.
The ministry also asked local governments to speed up Covid vaccine rollout after they are allocated with the vaccines.
In addition, local authorities need to increase inspections into crowded places such as factories, hospitals, wet markets, supermarkets, bus stations, train stations and airports, and strictly sanction individuals and organizations committing violations against anti-pandemic regulations.