Vietnam records 3,361 new Covid cases

By Le Nga   October 23, 2021 | 03:56 am GMT-8
Vietnam records 3,361 new Covid cases
A woman does morning exercise at a park in HCMC, October 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The Ministry of Health reported 3,361 local Covid-19 patients in 47 cities and provinces Saturday, down 616 from the previous day, bringing the infection tally in the fourth wave to 880,150.

The three localities with the highest numbers of cases are Ho Chi Minh City with 749; Dong Nai with 605 and Binh Duong with 517.

While infection number has dropped in the three industrial hubs, the worst hit in the fourth wave, new clusters have reported in many other provinces.

The northern provinces of Ha Nam, Nam Dinh and Phu Tho have recorded dozens of new cases with unclear sources of transmissions in recent days. The northern province of Bac Ninh, the central province of Binh Thuan and the Mekong Delta's Ca Mau, Long An, and Soc Trang Provinces have also recorded infections among the wave of migrant workers returning home from the epicenter HCMC and its neighbors in recent weeks.

Health authorities also announced 77 Covid deaths on Saturday, with 42 in HCMC, 12 in Binh Duong, five in Dong Nai, three in Soc Trang, two each in Tien Giang, An Giang, Ninh Thuan and one each in Binh Phuoc, Dak Nong, Can Tho, Tra Vinh, Bac Lieu and Thanh Hoa.

A total of 1,338 patients recovered on Saturday, pushing the total number of recoveries to 804,664.

Around 51.2 million people have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot and 20.7 million people have been fully vaccinated.

A government directive on assessing the pandemic level in each locality comprises two primary criteria: the proportion of people aged 18 and more that have been vaccinated, and the number of new cases per 100,000 people in a week. Based on these, areas are classified into zones with very high, high, medium and low risks.

All 63 cities and provinces in the country have announced their risk levels. Hanoi is a low-risk area while HCMC and Da Nang are of medium risk.

 
 
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