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Vietnam reports second highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, June 16, reported 155 new Covid-19 cases, raising the daily total to 423, the second highest in a single day so far.

On May 25, Vietnam recorded the most daily cases, at 447.

The new cases tonight, including six imported cases and 149 locally-infected cases, were detected in 10 localities.

Specifically, Tay Ninh and Kien Giang had two imported cases each, and Quang Nam and Khanh Hoa reported one case each.

As for the domestic infections, 90 cases were confirmed in Bac Giang, 45 in HCMC, 10 in Bac Ninh, two in Nghe An and one in each of Ha Nam and Bac Kan.

The new cases sent the country’s Covid-19 tally to 11,635, including 8,410 in the latest wave, which began on April 27.

The new daily cases in HCMC today topped 99, the highest in a single day since early last year.

Today, 47 patients were announced to recover from Covid-19.

HCMC Chairman Nguyen Thanh Phong has signed a decision assigning municipal vice chairman Duong Anh Duc to direct all issues related to the fight against Covid-19 in the city.

Another vice chairman, Vo Van Hoan, will be responsible for Duc’s other duties until a new directive is issued.

Today, the steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control of the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang reported nine more suspected cases, including seven in My Hoi Hamlet of Cai Lay Town’s My Hanh Dong Commune and two in Cai Be District.

The cases in Cai Lay were sent to field hospitals for treatment on June 15.  The competent agencies have traced 12 direct contacts of confirmed cases and 58 indirect contacts.

Tien Giang Vice Chairman Nguyen Van Muoi asked the healthcare sector to help Cai Lay take samples from all 2,300 residents in My Hoi Hamlet.

Two cases in Cai Be were linked to Covid-19 patients who are employees of the Trung Luong-My Thuan Expressway project.

The Tien Giang government has established teams in charge of fighting Covid-19 in the province. The teams include two to three people each, including officials in residential areas, representatives of grassroots organizations and volunteers.

They will encourage and remind residents to comply with anti-pandemic regulations; and monitor and report suspected Covid-19 cases or those failing to make health declarations or comply with the regulations to the local authorities.

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