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Vietnam reports 3,461 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 3,461 new Covid-19 cases this evening, October 13, including three imported cases and 3,458 domestic infections in 47 cities and provinces. Today’s case number rose by roughly 500 against yesterday.

HCMC recorded the biggest number of new infections today with over 1,160 cases, followed by Binh Duong with 501, Dong Nai with 486, Ha Giang with 152, An Giang with 121 and Daklak with 113.

Other cities and provinces reported fewer than 100 new cases each.

Four provinces including Bac Kan, Dien Bien, Hoa Binh and Thai Nguyen have seen no new Covid-19 infections over the past one month.

The country has recorded 849,691 Covid-19 cases since the pandemic broke out early last year, including 845,050 domestic cases in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health also confirmed 106 more Covid-19 deaths, taking the total to 20,869. The new deaths included 73 in HCMC, 18 in Binh Duong, four each in Long An and Dong Nai, and three in Tien Giang. Four other provinces reported one death each.

Up to now, nearly 787,300 Covid-19 patients in the country have made a full recovery. Meanwhile, there are currently 4,120 critically ill Covid-19 patients.

Vietnam has administered more than 56.3 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines nationwide to date. Some 16.4 million people have received two doses.

The Government expected that 95% of the country’s 8.1 million children aged between 12 and 17 would be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in the fourth quarter of this year.

According to Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen, the ministry is drawing up a road map on vaccinating children, initially for those aged between 12 and 17.

The Ministry of Health is also making a list of children from three to 11 years old for Covid-19 vaccination, while finding vaccine sources. It is seeking advise from experts and scientists so as to be ready to make guidance on vaccination for this group.

The Ministries of Health and Education-Training are working together to prepare for Covid-19 vaccination for children so that the country can reach herd immunity and reopen schools soon.

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