Vietnam's Covid infection tally in new wave crosses 2,000

By Le Nga   May 22, 2021 | 07:44 pm GMT+7
Vietnam's Covid infection tally in new wave crosses 2,000
A medical staff takes sample of a worker at Quang Chau industrial park in Bac Giang Province, May 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Giang Huy.
The Health Ministry confirmed 73 new community transmissions in eight localities Saturday night, raising the infection count of Vietnam's fourth coronavirus wave to 2,036.

The new patients were recorded in six northern provinces of Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Bac Ninh, Lang Son, Thai Nguyen and Dien Bien, the central city of Da Nang and the north central province of Thanh Hoa.

39 new cases in Bac Giang are associated with the cluster at Quang Chau,Van Trung, Song Khe-Noi Hoang and Dinh Tram industrial parks, which have all been shut down since Tuesday as coronavirus hotspots.

Of 25 new cases in Bac Ninh, 18 had close contact with previously confirmed Covid-19 patients and had been already quaratined, and three are workers of Quang Chau industrial park. The sources of transmission of four other cases remain unclear.

Of two patients in Lang Son, one is related to the cluster at Bac Giang's Quang Chau industrial park and one had close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 patient. Both had been already quaratined.

In Thanh Hoa, one patient had close contact with a previoulsy confirmed Covid patient while the other's transmission source is under investigation.

Two new cases in Dien Bien, one in Da Nang, one in Hai Duong and one in Thai Nguyen are all linked to previous outbreaks.

Since the new wave of Covid-19 emerged in Vietnam on April 27, the nation has recorded domestic infections in 30 cities and provinces.

The country recorded a total of 143 new cases on Saturday.

Bac Giang and its neighbor Bac Ninh, home to major foreign manufacturing plants like Samsung, Canon and Foxconn, have the largest number of infections, 851 and 419. The government has instructed the Health Ministry to help the provinces quickly reopen industrial parks to prevent supply chain disruptions.

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