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Hai Duong hotspot records six more Covid-19 community transmissions

By Le Nga   March 6, 2021 | 04:13 am PT
Hai Duong hotspot records six more Covid-19 community transmissions
Medical workers take samples for Covid-19 testing in Chi Linh Town, Hai Duong Province, January 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Hong Thai.
Hai Duong Province, Vietnam’s biggest Covid-19 hotspot, reported six new Covid-19 cases Saturday night, raising its community transmission tally to 707 in over a month.

All new patients, tagged from 2502-2507, are F1 of previously confirmed cases in Kim Thanh District and Kinh Mon Town in the northern province, around 60 kilometers to the east of Hanoi. They had already been isolated following contact tracing protocol and had tested positive for the novel coronavirus when in quarantine.

On Saturday alone, Vietnam has recorded 13 new infections, including 12 in hotspot Hai Duong and one imported case.

Vietnam, a country of 98 million people, has reported 891 community transmissions in 13 cities and provinces during the ongoing outbreak that returned to the country on Jan. 28 after a 55-day clean streak.

Prioritized groups will be injected with the first batch of 117,600 AstraZeneca vaccines next Monday after quality checks had been passed, Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said.

Long added the first vaccine shots would be reserved for the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, its counterpart in Ho Chi Minh City and northern Hai Duong Province.

The exact number of vaccine doses to be distributed to these locations has yet to be confirmed.

Vietnam has registered 2,507 Covid-19 cases and 35 deaths so far.

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