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Vietnam reports 4,899 new Covid-19 cases

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 4,899 new Covid-19 cases this evening, October 29, with 10 of them imported and 4,889 locally infected, sending the country’s total case number so far to 910,376.

The new infections were detected in 50 cities and provinces. HCMC reported the most infections, at 977, followed by Binh Duong and Dong Nai with 697 each, Bac Lieu with 398, An Giang with 320, Kien Giang with 249, Tay Ninh with 180, Soc Trang with 151 and Can Tho with 101.

Other cities and provinces reported fewer than 100 cases each.

With the fresh cases recorded today, domestically transmitted cases have amounted to 905,558 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health confirmed 56 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s total to 21,966. The new deaths included 32 in HCMC, six in Binh Duong, five in Bac Lieu, four in Dong Nai, two each in Tien Giang and Soc Trang, and one each in five other provinces.

To date, 816,132 Covid patients have fully recovered nationwide. Currently nearly 3,000 coronavirus patients are still in critical condition.

Vietnam has administered 78.9 million doses of the Covid vaccines nationwide so far. Some 23.3 million people have got two shots.

On October 28, Vietnam received 800,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine from Australia. With this shipment, Australia has delivered on its commitment to share 1.5 million vaccine doses to Vietnam from Australia’s own supply by the end of 2021.

In addition to these doses, Australia’s Ambassador to Vietnam Robyn Mudie recently announced that the Australian Government will provide a further 3.7 million vaccine doses to Vietnam through the procurement partnership with the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund.

Overall, Australia has committed to supply approximately 5.2 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to Vietnam to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic and promote economic recovery.

“I am proud we have met our original 1.5 million dose sharing commitment. These doses, along with the 3.7 million doses we will additionally help Vietnam procure, will support Vietnam’s ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19 and boost economic recovery”, Mudie said.

According to Senator Marise Payne, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Women, the 1.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses Australia has delivered complement Australia’s AUD60 million package of support for Vietnam’s Covid-19 vaccine rollout. This package will support Covid-19 vaccine procurement, cold chain upgrades, training for healthcare workers, and the vaccine rollout in remote provinces.

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