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Vietnam’s Covid-19 caseload jumps by 15,150

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s Covid-19 caseload has reached over 2.2 million in the ongoing fourth Covid-19 wave, with 15,150 new cases confirmed today, January 29, by the Ministry of Health.

Of the total, 50 were imported and 15,100 locally infected, up 208 cases over yesterday.

Among the domestic cases, Hanoi continued to account for the highest number at 2,806, followed by Bac Ninh with 992, Danang with 865, Thanh Hoa with 732, Haiphong with 663 and Quang Nam with 601.

Moreover, 505 cases were detected in Nam Dinh, 419 in Binh Dinh, 414 in Hoa Binh and 407 in Bac Giang, while other cities and provinces had fewer than 400 new infections each.

Today, 12,353 Covid patients were announced to have recovered from the disease, raising the country’s total recoveries to nearly 1.96 million.

Meanwhile, 115 new Covid-19 fatalities were confirmed, including 27 in Hanoi, 11 in Kien Giang, eight in Can Tho, seven in Tien Giang, six in Dong Thap and five each in Ba Ria-Vung Tau and HCMC. Twenty-four other cities and provinces had fewer than five Covid deaths each.

In a dispatch sent to localities on January 28, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism ordered a cancellation of all festivals and fireworks displays scheduled for the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday to ensure safety amid the Covid pandemic.

Earlier, some localities had decided to cancel festivals and organize only ceremonies in small festivals.

All culture, sport and entertainment activities will depend on the pandemic situation in localities, while the safety of participants must be ensured.

Tourist sites and tourism service providers must draw up plans to organize activities during the Tet holiday and strictly comply with anti-pandemic measures.

The authorities of localities must regularly remind their residents not to be heedless while participating in culture, sport and tourism activities.

Cities and provinces should also enhance inspections and supervision of culture, sport and tourism activities as well as festivals before, during and after Tet.

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