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Vietnam’s daily Covid case number reaches new high, with over 78,700 infections

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, February 25, confirmed a staggering number of 78,795 fresh Covid cases, with 78,774 of them being locally infected cases, soaring 9,655 cases against the previous day.

The new domestic infections were found in all provinces and cities across the country. Of them, the source of transmission of more than 54,000 cases remains unknown.

The capital city of Hanoi again took reported the biggest case number, at 9,836, up 972 cases day-on-day. Quang Ninh reported 4,615 cases, which were recorded in two days, followed by Bac Giang with 3,563 cases. Tuyen Quang, Phu Tho, Nam Dinh, HCMC were among the 12 localities that reported over 2,000 cases each.

The country in the day reported 78 more Covid deaths and over 15,800 new recoveries, raising the country’s death toll to 39,962 and total recoveries to over 2.35 million.

In related news, given the complicated Covid situation, the northern province of Ninh Binh has decided to allow students of primary schools to stay at home starting February 24.

According to the provincial education authority, local schools were asked to organize online classes or choose teaching methods suitable for students in this age group. They also have to assign teachers to regularly contact and coordinate with parents of the students to get updates on their learning activities and health status.

Previously, kindergarteners in the province had been allowed to stop in-person classes due to the pandemic.

Data from the provincial health authority revealed that Ninh Binh recently saw a relatively high number of daily Covid cases, at 2,000 infections per day on average. The province today recorded 1,971 new infections.

In another development, 179 teachers and 1,557 students in Gia Lai Province were infected with Covid after this Central Highlands locality reopened schools on February 7, the provincial Department of Education and Training said today.

Among these infections, 297 have fully recovered from the disease, reported Thanh Nien newspaper.

The local authorities so far have not detected any infection clusters in schools. Also, over 87% of children aged 12-15 in the province are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.

During the fourth wave of infections which began in late April last year, Gia Lai has reported more than 18,500 Covid cases, including 46 fatalities. New infections over the past few days have risen sharply.

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