HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, July 26, reported 5,174 new Covid-19 cases, including 19 imported cases and 5,155 domestic infections in 26 localities, sending the country’s Covid-19 caseload in the current wave, which began on April 27, to 102,525.
Of the new cases, 380 cases were infectious while in the community.
Among the new domestic infections, HCMC as usual accounted for the majority, at 4,283 cases, followed by its neighboring provinces of Binh Duong and Dong Nai with 326 and 134 cases, respectively.
Besides, 116 other cases were found in Dong Thap, 81 in Hanoi, 36 in Can Tho and 34 in Danang. The remainder were reported in 19 other localities.
Thus, the entire country had 7,859 domestic infections today, rising 334 cases over the figure yesterday and being the second highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases. Of the total, HCMC accounted for 5,997 cases, the most infections recorded in a day in the city so far.
Hanoi’s number of new cases today also hit a new record, at 81.
In the current wave, HCMC has recorded 66,422 cases, Binh Duong has had 8,743 and Dong Nai 2,475 cases.
The northern mountainous province of Tuyen Quang reported a new Covid-19 case after 70 days without any new case.
Today, 2,006 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospital, raising the country’s total recoveries to 21,344.
Following HCMC and Bac Lieu, the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang today also issued a decision banning residents from going out between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m., from tomorrow, July 27, until further notice.
During these hours, all activities will be suspended, except for emergencies and activities serving the fight against the pandemic.
Provincial chairman Nguyen Van Vinh said the pandemic in the province had turned worse with 120 pandemic clusters and nearly 2,000 Covid-19 patients as of July 26. Of the cases, 168 have recovered while 33 others died.
The government of Long Xuyen City of An Giang Province also asked local residents not to venture out from 6:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. without an urgent or essential reason, from July 26 to August 1.
The governments of communes and wards in the city must inform their residents of the decision. The police force was asked to enhance patrols to check residents’ compliance with anti-pandemic regulations and fine violators.
Owners of supermarkets and stores offering essential goods must make the lists of their shippers and send them to the commune and ward governments for confirmation. The shippers will undergo quick tests every 48 hours or RT-PCR tests every five days.