HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, January 12, confirmed 16,135 fresh Covid cases, with 69 of them imported and 16,066 locally infected in 60 cities and provinces, up 47 infections against yesterday.
Among the latest domestic infections, Hanoi City recorded the highest number at 2,948, followed by Khanh Hoa with 772, Binh Dinh with 702, HCMC with 696 and Binh Phuoc with 641.
Danang, Ca Mau, Haiphong, Ben Tre, Tay Ninh and Ba Ria-Vung Tau detected around 400-590 cases each, while other localities reported fewer than 400 infections each.
In addition, the health authority of Khanh Hoa Province also registered to add 12,156 cases detected earlier to the national Covid case monitoring system.
Since the current fourth wave of the Covid pandemic began in late April last year, the country has reported over 1.9 million domestic cases, with more than 1.6 million of them having recovered from the disease.
The ministry also reported 177 new Covid fatalities in 30 cities and provinces, taking the country’s Covid death toll to nearly 35,000.
In related news, due to a surge in Covid infections, the Danang health sector will put the second field hospital for Covid treatment into operation.
The second field hospital, managed by the Danang Hospital, is located on Ha Van Tinh Street in Lien Chieu District. The hospital, converted from four buildings of a dormitory, will have over 2,000 beds and feature multiple ICU rooms.
The Danang Hospital will mobilize medical workers and students and retired doctors and nurses to work at the second field hospital.
Tran Thanh Thuy, deputy director of the Danang Department of Health, said that the number of Covid infections is on the rise. The city reports an average 300 cases each day. Danang City has also detected three Omicron cases.
In another development, Can Tho City and Dong Thap Province in the Mekong Delta region have allowed junior and senior high schools to reopen as the Covid pandemic has been brought under control.
In Can Tho City, all students at junior and senior high schools will return to in-person classes from January 17, while kindergarteners and primary-school students will get back to school from February 7, the local media reported.
Elsewhere in Dong Thap Province, the provincial government has allowed 9th and 12th graders to return to school from January 17, while the remainder will continue to attend online classes until the end of January. Depending on the Covid situation, all students will get back to school from February 7.