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Vietnam’s Covid tally jumps by 16,278

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health today, January 7, reported 16,278 new Covid-19 cases, with 24 of them imported and 16,254 locally infected in 59 cities and provinces, down 163 cases over yesterday.

Of the domestic infections, Hanoi recorded the highest number, at 2,723, followed by Haiphong with 795, Khanh Hoa with 790 and Binh Phuoc with 716.

Moreover, 699 cases were detected in Vinh Long, 676 in Ca Mau, 667 in Binh Dinh and 583 in Tay Ninh. Tra Vinh, HCMC, Ben Tre and Hai Duong had 443-498 cases each, while other cities and provinces recorded fewer than 400 cases each.

In the ongoing fourth wave of the Covid pandemic, Vietnam has confirmed over 1.85 million cases, with nearly 1.48 million patients having recovered from the disease. Today alone, 14,633 Covid-19 patients were announced to have recovered.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health today reported 233 Covid fatalities, including 20 in HCMC, 23 recorded on January 6 and 7 in Dong Nai, 16 in Long An, 14 each in Tien Giang and Vinh Long, 12 in Binh Duong, 11 each in Ben Tre, Can Tho and Soc Trang, and 10 each in An Giang, Kien Giang and Hau Giang. The remainder was reported in 15 other cities and provinces.

The HCMC Center for Disease Control on January 6 announced five more Omicron cases, who are all imported, raising the city’s total Omicron cases to 11.

All these cases entered Vietnam last month and were sent to quarantine facilities. After testing positive for Covid-19, they were transferred to Field Hospital No. 12 in Thu Duc City and were found to be infected with the Omicron variant.

The city has traced those in contact with them, including those in their flights and employees at the quarantine facilities, and 223 people have tested negative for Covid-19.

Earlier, the city recorded six Omicron cases. They showed no symptoms and recovered quickly.

Thus, Vietnam has had 30 Omicron-infected cases.

In related news, the Department of Health of the northern city of Haiphong has fined the Green International Hospital VND34 million as the hospital refused to admit a Covid-infected pregnant woman.

According to the department, the hospital asked the woman to come to the Haiphong Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynecology for Covid treatment.

After receiving the news, the department sent a working team to the Green International Hospital and issued a decision to fine the hospital. Accordingly, the hospital was fined VND14 million for failing to inform the State competent agencies of the Covid case and VND20 million for failing to comply with anti-pandemic measures as it let the Covid case to move to another hospital using her personal vehicle.

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