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Vietnam’s Covid case count rises by 12,674

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 12,674 new Covid infections today, January 31, including 37 imported ones, in 57 cities and provinces, falling by over 1,000 cases against yesterday.

Hanoi reported the most infections, at 2,728, followed by Danang with 877, Bac Ninh with 781 and Haiphong with 552.

Nam Dinh, Thanh Hoa, Hai Duong and Quang Nam detected 403-474 new infections each, while other cities and provinces had fewer than 400 cases each.

The country’s domestic transmissions have amounted to some 2.269 million in the fourth Covid wave, which began in late April 2021, and nearly 2.28 million cases in total.

This afternoon, the Ministry of Health also confirmed 109 more Covid deaths, taking the nation’s death toll to 37,777. Hanoi, Vinh Long, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Tay Ninh and Dong Thap reported the most fatalities today.

To date, more than 2 million Covid patients in the country have fully recovered, while there are currently over 3,600 critically ill Covid patients.

The country has administered almost 181.2 million doses of Covid vaccine nationwide so far, with some 74.1 million people having got two shots and 28 million people three doses.

According to the Ministry of Health, Vietnam had administered 16.2 million doses of Covid vaccine  for children aged between 12 and 17 as of January 30. Up to 95.6% of children of this age group have received at least one dose and 88.1% fully vaccinated.

All 63 cities and provinces have given vaccines to children aged between 12 and 17, with the coverage rate in 36 of them reaching over 90%.

The vaccination campaign for this age group began in November 2021 and the Pfizer Covid vaccine was chosen for children.

During a visit to some Covid treatment facilities in Hanoi this morning, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long urged the healthcare system to accelerate the Covid vaccination campaign in spring to meet the desired goals.

According to the prime minister, a majority of critical Covid cases and fatalities are unvaccinated people, the elderly and those with underlying health conditions.

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