Vietnam records 5,477 new local Covid cases

By Le Nga   October 2, 2021 | 04:06 am PT
Vietnam records 5,477 new local Covid cases
People ride bicycles in downtown HCMC after lockdown measures are lifted, October 1, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
Vietnam recorded 5,477 new local Covid-19 cases in 40 localities on Saturday, down 1,464 cases from the previous day, pushing the tally during the ongoing wave to 798,627.

Ho Chi Minh City led the day's tally with 2,723 new cases, followed by Binh Duong (1,517) and Dong Nai (509).

164 deaths were recorded on Saturday, including 123 in HCMC, 24 in its neighbor Binh Duong and five each in Dong Nai and Long An.

Two deaths were recorded in Kien Giang, and one each in Quang Ngai, Tien Giang, An Giang, Binh Thuan and Can Tho.

The national death rate over the past week has been 165 a day on average. The coronavirus death toll in Vietnam so far is 19,601.

Also on Saturday, 28,857 Covid-19 patients were announced recovered, bringing the total tally of recovered cases so far to 664,938.

The country has vaccinated over 43 million people with at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot. Over 10 million have been fully vaccinated.

Speaking at a regular government meeting on Saturday, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam has basically controlled the ongoing outbreak given the strong decrease in the numbers of infections and deaths in Covid hotspots in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Duong, Dong Nai and Long An.

HCMC lifted lockdown on Friday, allowing many business and social activities to resume in an effort to recover its economy after four months of strict social distancing measures.

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