Vietnam's Covid tally in new wave crosses 23,000

By Le Nga   July 10, 2021 | 06:49 am GMT+7
Vietnam's Covid tally in new wave crosses 23,000
People line up for mass coronavirus test in HCMC's Go Vap District, July 6, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran.
Vietnam confirmed 593 new community transmissions of Covid-19 in 11 localities Saturday morning, including 520 in HCMC, raising the nation's tally to 23,075 in two and a half months.

Of the new cases in HCMC, 436 are already in quarantine and isolated areas and 84 are being contact traced.

Dong Nai Province that borders HCMC recorded 18 cases, comprising 12 people that have come into contact with Covid-19 patients and six cases related to a cluster at Binh Dien wholesale market in HCMC's District 8.

The central province of Khanh Hoa registered 15 cases associated with a previously confirmed patient.

Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province that borders HCMC reported 11 cases, with six having contact with Covid-19 patients and five returning from HCMC.

Mekong Delta's An Giang Province got 10 cases, including four having contact with existing cases. Five others returned from HCMC, and one from the city's neighbor Binh Duong.

The central Phu Yen Province recorded eight cases and all are linked to other patients.

The southern Binh Phuoc Province got four cases: two having contact with existing cases and two returning from HCMC.

Two cases in Hanoi have both had close contact with previously confirmed Covid-19 patients.

Two cases in Mekong Delta's Ben Tre Province, two cases in the central province of Thanh Hoa, and one case in the southern Tay Ninh Province are all people returning from HCMC.

Since April 27 when the new wave started in Vietnam, infections have been recorded in 58 of the nation's 63 cities and provinces, with HCMC accounting for most cases, 10,815.

The nation has vaccinated around four million of its 96-million population against Covid-19, and 258,274 have got two doses.

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