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Vietnam’s Covid-19 case number exceeds one million

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health today, November 11, reported 8,162 new Covid-19 cases, with 17 of them imported and 8,145 locally infected in 56 localities, sending the country’s Covid-19 caseload to 1,000,897.

HCMC accounted for the biggest number of new cases, at 1,185, followed by Dong Nai with 930, Tay Ninh with 656, Binh Duong with 615 and An Giang with 595. Additionally, 417 other cases were detected in Tien Giang, 399 in Kien Giang, 352 in Dong Thap, 291 in Bac Lieu and 237 in Binh Thuan.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Ca Mau, Daklak, Vinh Long, Hanoi, Long An, Khanh Hoa, Tra Vinh and Binh Phuoc had 108-185 new cases each, while other localities recorded fewer than 100 infections each.

In the fourth wave, which began on April 27, the country has had 995,903 Covid-19 cases.

Today, 1,894 patients were announced to have recovered from Covid-19, raising the country’s total recoveries in the fourth wave to 843,131.

Meanwhile, 84 Covid-19 deaths were confirmed, including 38 in HCMC, six each in Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long an, five in An Giang, and three each in Tien Giang, Tay Ninh, Kien Giang and Bac Lieu. Nine other cities and provinces reported one or two deaths each.

The Ministry of Health today asked localities and the Ministries of Public Security and National Defense to report the volumes of Covid-19 vaccines they have received and administered as of October 31 so that the ministry could allocate more doses in November and December.

They must also propose the volume of doses they would need in 2022.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of November 9, it has allocated 112.7 million Covid-19 vaccine doses. More than 95.6 million doses have been administered.

Up to 85.5% of residents aged 18 and above nationwide have received at least one dose each and 43.1% have got two doses each.

In addition, over 95% of adults in 15 out of 63 cities and provinces have received at least one vaccine dose. Twelve localities have vaccinated children aged between 12 and 17 against Covid-19 with a total of over 1.1 million doses, including HCMC, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, Kien Giang, Vinh Long, Soc Trang, Ca Mau, Danang, Quang Ninh, Ninh Binh, Lang Son and Lao Cai.

In related news, Nha Be District in HCMC has downgraded its pandemic transmission risk level from high to moderate. Thus, only Can Gio District is at the high risk.

At present, Thu Duc City and 12 districts are at low risk, while eight other districts are at moderate risk.

Over the past few days, the daily Covid-19 caseload in HCMC has increased. On November 2, the city recorded 682 cases, but from November 3 to 6, the city’s daily Covid caseload reached nearly 1,000. Since November 7, the city has reported more than 1,000 cases per day.

The number of Covid-19 deaths in the city has also risen slightly, from 21 on October 31 to 43 on November 10.

In the entire country, the number of new Covid cases has also picked up, from some 38,000 cases in the seven-day rolling average between October 28 and November 3 to nearly 53,300 cases between November 4 and 10.

Most of the cases have got Covid-19 vaccines, but only those having received one vaccine dose or two doses for fewer than 14 days, the elderly and those with underlying illnesses have seen their condition worsen.

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