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Vietnam’s Covid-19 caseload jumps by over 14,000

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, September 7, reported 14,208 new Covid-19 cases, including 14,193 domestic infections in 40 localities, rising 1,716 cases over yesterday.

Among the locally-infected cases, HCMC reported the highest number at 7,310, up 188 cases against yesterday, raising the city’s Covid-19 tally in the ongoing fourth wave of the pandemic to 265,846.

Binh Duong Province came second with 3,966 cases, up 1,772 cases from yesterday, followed by Dong Nai with 945 and Long An with 490. Kien Giang, Tien Giang, Quang Binh and Tay Ninh detected 242, 183, 182 and 164 cases, respectively, while other cities and provinces reported less than 100 new infections each.

The fresh domestic cases have raised the country’s Covid-19 count in the current fourth wave to 546,683, including 308,936 patients having recovered from the disease.

Today, 10,253 patients were discharged from hospital.

Meanwhile, 316 new Covid-19 fatalities were confirmed, including 253 in HCMC, 40 in Binh Duong, seven each in Long An and Tien Giang, two each in Danang, Khanh Hoa, Phu Yen and Ba Ria-Vung Tau and one in Dong Thap.

Vietnam has had 13,701 Covid-19 deaths.

According to the HCMC Department of Health, the city had earlier considered tracing and treating Covid-19 cases as its first priority in the fight against the pandemic but its current top priority is vaccination to help local residents have a strong immunity and the economy recover gradually.

Deputy director of the department Nguyen Hoai Nam said the city set a target to complete administering the first shot to all residents aged from 18 by September 15. The city has some 7.2 million people aged from 18.

The city has vaccinated more than 6.7 million people against Covid-19, including over 6.1 million people getting one shot and 592,000 people receiving both shots, accounting for 82.25% and 8.2%, respectively, of the city’s total adults.

Nam added the Ministry of Health had provided the city with one million more vaccine doses for the second shot and the city has been stepping up the rollout. The city will direct the local healthcare sector to coordinate with the relevant agencies to accelerate the vaccination.

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