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Vietnam’s Covid-19 tally rises by 3,034

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 3,034 new Covid-19 cases this evening, October 19, including seven imported cases and 3,027 domestic infections, sending the country’s Covid-19 tally to 870,255.

The new infections were detected in 49 cities and provinces. HCMC recorded the biggest number of new infections today with 907 cases, followed by Binh Duong with 500, Dong Nai with 371, Soc Trang with 200, An Giang with 134 and Tay Ninh with 104.

Other cities and provinces reported fewer than 100 new cases each.

The country has recorded 865,558 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April 2021.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health also confirmed 75 more Covid-19 deaths, taking the total to 21,344. The new deaths included 47 in HCMC, 11 in Binh Duong, five in Long An and three in Tien Giang. Six other provinces reported one or two deaths each.

Up to now, nearly 794,850 Covid-19 patients in the country have made a full recovery. Meanwhile, there are currently over 3,500 critically ill Covid-19 patients.

Vietnam has administered nearly 65 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines nationwide to date. Some 18.4 million people have received two doses.

Over 1.7 million workers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic across the country have received assistance from the unemployment insurance fund as of October 19. The total aid amounts to more than VND4 trillion (US$176 million), according to the Vietnam Social Security.

The Vietnam Social Security also confirmed that more than 1.94 million workers will be entitled to various supporting policies in the coming time.

In HCMC, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee and the municipal Committee for Ethnic Affairs today handed over 90 tablets to disadvantaged Cham and Khmer ethnic students to facilitate their online study.

Addressing the handover ceremony, Phan Kieu Thanh Huong, vice chairwoman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee in HCMC, said the city is home to a large number of underprivileged ethnic minority students, including Cham and Khmer ones.

The donation of tablets to Cham and Khmer students in the city will help them conveniently study online amid the Covid-19 pandemic, she said.

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