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Vietnam reports 15,727 new Covid cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 15,727 new Covid infections today, January 27, including 55 imported cases and 15,672 domestic transmissions in all 63 cities and provinces, falling by over 200 cases against yesterday.

Hanoi reported the most infections, at 2,907, followed by Danang with 873, Bac Ninh with 794, Thanh Hoa with 727 and Haiphong with 719.

Quang Nam, Nam Dinh, Vinh Phuc, Binh Dinh, Hai Duong and Hoa Binh detected 414-527 new infections each, while other cities and provinces had fewer than 400 cases each.

The country’s domestic transmissions have amounted to some 2.196 million in the fourth Covid wave, which began in late April 2021, and over 2.203 million cases in total.

Up to now, Vietnam has found 166 people with the Omicron variant, mostly in HCMC, Quang Nam, Hanoi, Khanh Hoa and Danang.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health also confirmed 126 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s death toll to 37,291. Hanoi, HCMC, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Dong Thap and An Giang reported the most fatalities today.

To date, nearly 1.95 million Covid patients in the country have fully recovered, while there are currently over 4,480 critically ill Covid patients.

The country has administered almost 179.5 million doses of Covid vaccine nationwide so far, with some 73.9 million people having got two shots and 26.6 million people triple-dosed.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh held an online meeting with leaders of 63 provinces and cities on January 27 to discuss solutions to prevent and control Covid infection, especially during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday (Tet).

According to Chinh, who is head of the national steering committee for Covid infection prevention and control, the pandemic has been brought under control but it remains complicated with the emergence of Omicron and possibly other new variants.

Therefore, he asked ministries, departments and local authorities to work around the clock to ensure safety for residents during Tet.

The Ministry of Health will work closely with localities to accelerate Covid vaccination this spring, while the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs must ensure social welfare for all residents.

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