Vietnam's Covid case count up by 46

By Le Nga   June 20, 2021 | 03:47 pm PT
Vietnam's Covid case count up by 46
Locals have their hands disinfected at a market in Thu Duc City, HCMC, June 20, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
The Health Ministry announced 46 new Covid-19 patients Monday morning, with most recorded in Ho Chi Minh City.

The southern metropolis recorded 33 patients, including 29 having had direct contact with previously confirmed patients, three related to Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation based in the city's Go Vap District that emerged late last month. The source of transmission of the remaining case is still unclear.

Other cases were reported in Bac Giang Province (five) and its neighbor Bac Ninh (four) in the north, the Mekong Delta's provinces of Tien Giang (two) and Tra Vinh (one) and the central province of Nghe An (one).

In Bac Giang, the patients are related to clusters at its industrial parks and have all been isolated before testing positive. For the patients in Bac Ninh, the authorities are tracking down their source of transmission.

The patients in Tien Giang and Nghe An are linked to previously confirmed patients.

The case in Tra Vinh is its first after 14 days. The patient is a 33-year-old man who returned from Covid-19 hit HCMC and has been isolated prior to his test result.

Almost two months into its fourth wave, which started in late April and is by far the most challenging that Vietnam has encountered, the country has recorded 9,990 cases in 42 of its 63 cities and provinces.

Bac Giang is leading the case count with 5,222 infections, followed by HCMC with 1,651 and Bac Ninh with 1,529.

More than 2.42 million of the nation's 96 million have been vaccinated against the new coronavirus.

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