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Vietnam sees steady rise of new Covid-19 cases, records 12,450 infections

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally rose by 12,450 cases to reach more than 1.16 million cases this evening, November 25, indicating a steady rise from an average of some 10,000 last week, said the Ministry of Health.

Among the new infections, 12,429 patients were locally-infected cases found in 59 provinces and cities across the country, up 640 cases against yesterday. The remaining 21 cases were imported.

HCMC as usual took the lead with 1,582 new cases, down 84 cases day-on-day. The Mekong Delta city of Can Tho came second with 741 cases, while the southern provinces of Binh Duong, Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Bac Lieu, and Dong Thap each had over 600 cases. Besides, 21 other provinces and cities each saw a triple-digit figure in new cases, including Dong Nai, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Binh Thuan, Hanoi, Lam Dong.

On the same day, over 5,600 Covid patients were declared free of the disease, sending the country’s total recoveries to nearly 943,000 cases. Meanwhile, 164 others died of the disease in the day, raising the Covid death toll in Vietnam to over 24,400 cases.

In related news, the south-central province of Khanh Hoa has started allowing around 360 Covid patients to receive home-based care. The local health authority had set up nearly 140 pop-up healthcare stations across the province to take care of patients under home-based care.

In the Mekong Delta, Vinh Long Province has resumed the operations of the 1,000-bed Covid Field Hospital No.7 located at a university dormitory in Vinh Long City to cope with a spike in cases.

Over the past 10 days, the province’s daily Covid cases reached 300 on average. Especially, it recorded 505 cases on November 23 and 482 cases on November 24. Up to now, it has established seven field hospitals with a total capacity of 4,000 beds to serve the treatment of Covid patients.

In Tra Vinh Province, from November 25 to 28, it will administer the first Covid vaccine dose to both permanent and temporary residents aged 18 and older who have yet to be vaccinated.

In Lang Son, a northern mountainous province, local authorities decided to suspend non-essential services including bars, karaoke and massage parlors, gyms, yoga studios, spas, internet and game shops in Lang Son City starting tomorrow, November 26, due to the complicated developments of the pandemic.

Also, restaurants and indoor dining venues are allowed to open until 11 p.m. daily and must strictly follow anti-Covid measures. Local authorities were asked to encourage residents to suspend or delay wedding parties, and restrict visits to funerals.

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