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Vietnam confirms 40 new domestic Covid-19 cases

By Le Nga   May 7, 2021 | 06:01 am PT
Vietnam confirms 40 new domestic Covid-19 cases
Medical staff disinfect K Hospital in Hanoi on May 7, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
The Health Ministry confirmed 46 new Covid-19 cases Friday evening – 40 community transmissions and six imported infections.

The 40 community transmissions were recorded in Hanoi (24), Da Nang (5), Hung Yen (4), and one each in Hai Duong, Dien Bien, Ha Nam, Nghe An, Nam Dinh, Phu Tho and Vinh Phuc provinces.

In Hanoi, the 24 patients are linked either to the infected Chinese experts in Yen Bai Province or cases confirmed at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases and the K cancer hospital, both coronavirus hotspots in Hanoi.

All 24 patients are being treated at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Dong Anh District.

The five patients in Da Nang are linked to the outbreak at the New Phuong Dong Bar in the central city. They are being treated at the Da Nang Lung Hospital.

In Hung Yen, the four patients are related to the cases at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The new patient in Hai Duong contracted the infection from another one confirmed earlier in the northern province.

The case in Dien Bien is a person who landed April 29 in Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines flight VN160. On May 2, after learning that there was an infected person on her flight, she made a health declaration and was quarantined in Dien Bien.

The case in Ha Nam is linked to the outbreak in the northern province, while the one in Nghe An had come into direct contact with an infected person at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi. The new cases in Phu Tho and Nam Dinh provinces are also linked to the hospital.

In Vinh Phuc, the new patient is an employee of a karaoke parlor in the province’s Phuc Yen Town.

The six imported cases were detected in HCMC, Da Nang, Quang Tri and Binh Thuan.

Nationwide, Vietnam has recorded 161 Covid-19 community transmissions in 19 localities since January 27.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long on Friday described the current outbreak as "very alarming."

He said that the outbreak was complicated with several hotspots, diverse sources of infection and different virus variants that were more infectious than ones found in earlier outbreaks.

"Controlling the outbreak might prove even more difficult in the coming time, with possible new hotspots and unknown sources of infection," he said.

At the Friday meeting on the Covid-19 fight, Deputy PM Vu Duc Dam said a major reason behind the latest outbreak was inadequate management of people entering Vietnam at centralized quarantine facilities, including hotels.

Some people who finished their 14-day centralized quarantine were not monitored properly for another 14 days as required, and they themselves failed to follow protocol, he noted. "Some even went to parties and karaoke parlors. That’s unacceptable."

 
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