HCMC – The Ministry of Health today, October 5 reported 4,363 new Covid cases, marking the lowest daily caseload in Vietnam over the past 78 days.
The new cases included three imported cases and 4,360 domestic infections in 42 cities and provinces, down 1,022 cases over yesterday.
Among the locally-infected cases, HCMC recorded the biggest number at 1,491, down 999 cases from yesterday. Binh Duong Province came second with 1,107, followed by Dong Nai with 653, An Giang with 172 and Binh Thuan with 149. Other localities reported fewer than 100 cases each.
The national tally now stands at 818,324, with 813,735 domestic infections being reported in the current fourth wave of Covid-19, which began in late April.
Over 25,570 Covid patients were discharged from hospitals today, taking the country’s total recoveries to 747,053.
The ministry also reported 134 new Covid fatalities, with 104 in HCMC, 15 in Binh Duong, four in Dong Nai, three each in An Giang and Can Tho, two in Ca Mau and one each in Kien Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Nghe An.
The new fatalities have raised the country’s Covid death toll to 19,979, accounting for 2.4% of the total infections.
The Ministry of Health has allocated some one million doses of the Pfizer Covid vaccine to provinces and cities and hospitals nationwide.
Hanoi City received 137,000 doses, with 60,000 doses given to the Hanoi Center for Disease Control.
HCMC was allocated 170,820 doses that will be distributed to the city’s Center for Disease Control and five hospitals and institutes.
Binh Duong Province was given 175,500 doses, while some 99,500 doses were distributed to Dong Nai Province.
Vietnam has taken delivery of over 61 million doses of Covid vaccine. As of October 4, some 47.5 million doses had been administered to the people nationwide. The country targets to vaccinate 70% of its population with 150 million Covid-19 vaccine doses at the end of the first quarter of 2022.
In related news, Binh Thuan Province’s Department of Health today mobilized over 450 medical workers to join the fight against Covid-19 in Phan Thiet City as the number of infections in the city is rising.
These medical workers will be in charge of conducting Covid tests for all residents in the city to quickly single out positive cases from the community.
The provincial department said that over the past seven days, Phan Thiet City reported over 200 new Covid infections, the local media reported.