HCMC – The Ministry of Health this evening, April 17, reported 14,660 new Covid-19 cases nationwide, down by over 3,800 cases against yesterday.
Hanoi City recorded the highest number of cases, at 1,253, followed by Yen Bai with 801, Quang Ninh with 778, Phu Tho with 749 and Nghe An with 746.
Tuyen Quang, Bac Giang, Thai Nguyen, Daklak, Thai Binh, Hai Duong, Vinh Phuc, Lao Cai and HCMC detected 427 to 582 cases each, while other provinces had 400 infections or below each.
The latest infections have raised the country’s caseload to over 10.43 million, with some nine million of them having recovered from the disease.
The ministry also reported 10 new Covid deaths in five provinces, taking the coronavirus death toll to 42,944.
In related news, over 10,000 sixth graders in HCMC got vaccinated against Covid on the first day of the vaccination drive for children 5 to 11, according to the municipal Department of Health.
These children were vaccinated at 96 sites in 19 districts and Thu Duc City, the local media reported.
Some 1,400 children were not eligible for getting the vaccine as most of them have recovered from the disease. They will go for their vaccination three months after recovery. Meanwhile, many others either have a history of allergy or underlying health conditions.
The deadline of the vaccination of children aged 5-11 in HCMC is set on April 30. The city has over 898,500 children in this age group.