Vietnam confirms 82 new Covid-19 cases

By Le Nga   May 31, 2021 | 08:00 pm GMT+7
Vietnam confirms 82 new Covid-19 cases
A medical worker handles samples for Covid-19 testing in Bac Giang, May 26, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.
The Ministry of Health confirmed 82 new Covid-19 cases in five localities Monday night, raising the community transmissions tally in the new wave to 4,246.

Current hotspot Bac Giang recorded 43 cases, followed by 34 in neighboring Bac Ninh and three in the southern province of Binh Duong. The capital city Hanoi and southern province of Tra Vinh had one new case each.

All the cases in Bac Giang were of people already quarantined as they are linked to infection clusters at its industrial parks.

Of the new cases in Bac Ninh, six had come into close contact with previously confirmed Covid-19 patients and the rest are linked to three Covid-19 clusters in Thuan Thanh, Khac Niem and Que Vo districts.

The two cases in Binh Duong are linked to the cluster at the HCMC's Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation. Both had already been quarantined.

In Tra Vinh, the patient is a 21-year-old man also linked to the HCMC's religious mission cluster.

The case in Hanoi is that of a one-year-old baby who’d come into contact with confirmed coronavirus patients and had already been quarantined.

Vietnam recorded a total of 211 domestic Covid-19 cases Monday.

The ministry also declared 80 people free of the virus Monday, raising the total number of recoveries since the start of the pandemic to 3,030.

The country's latest Covid-19 wave started April 27 and has spread to 36 cities and provinces.

Bac Giang and Bac Ninh provinces have accounted for the highest number of infections in the latest wave at 2,252 and 842 cases, respectively.

The rising number of infections in HCMC associated with multiple clusters has prompted the southern metropolis to launch a two-week social distancing period starting Monday.

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