Vietnam records 19 new domestic coronavirus cases

By Le Nga   February 5, 2021 | 04:30 am PT
Vietnam records 19 new domestic coronavirus cases
A medical staff classifies samples for Covid-19 testing in Hai Duong Province, northern Vietnam. Photo courtesy of the Health Ministry.
Vietnam Friday evening confirmed 19 more Covid-19 community transmissions in Hanoi and four northern provinces.

Hanoi and Ha Giang recorded one case each, Hai Duong had 12, Dien Bien three, and Quang Ninh two.

All the new patients, numbered 1958 to 1976, are related to confirmed infectees in Hai Duong Province, the country's biggest Covid-19 hotspot.

Ha Giang and Dien Bien saw community transmission for the first time in the country's latest outbreak.

In just eight days (January 28 to February 5), the Health Ministry has confirmed 394 community transmissions in 12 localities - Hai Duong (290), Quang Ninh (46), Hanoi (23), Gia Lai (18), Binh Duong (five), Dien Bien and Bac Ninh Province (three each), Hoa Binh (two), Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, Bac Giang and Ha Giang (one each).

The health ministry Friday morning sent a team including leading pandemic prevention and treatment experts to help Dien Bien Province monitor the outbreak and direct its response, including testing and setting up treatment systems.

On Friday noon, Vietory, a Taiwanese-backed shoe company in Kinh Mon Town of Hai Duong Province, was put under lockdown after a 27-year-old employee tested positive for the coronavirus. The patient is associated with the outbreak at Poyun Company in Chi Linh Town of the same province. Over 2,000 employees of Vietory are having their samples taken for testing.

Vietnam's Covid-19 tally of 1,976 cases includes 1,465 recoveries and 35 deaths. The remaining patients are in stable condition, with 10 having tested negative once, three for the second time and two for the third time.

More than 80,000 people are in quarantine at the moment.

The global Covid-19 tally stands at nearly 105 million infections and more than 2.27 million deaths.

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