Vietnam's daily Covid tally scales new peak of 3,705 cases

By Le Nga   July 17, 2021 | 05:20 am PT
Vietnam's daily Covid tally scales new peak of 3,705 cases
A doctor sprays disinfectant on a Covid-19 patient’s hands inside a field hospital in HCMC’s Thu Duc City, July 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.
Vietnam confirmed 1,600 new infections on Saturday night, pushing the day's tally to an all-time high of 3,705 as the government imposed stricter measures on the entire southern region.

Saturday marked the third consecutive day Vietnam's daily infection tally has crossed 3,000.

Among the night's tally, Ho Chi Minh City, the epicenter of the ongoing fourth coronavirus wave, recorded 1,017 new cases, raising its tally of the day to 2,786, the highest number in a day since the disease broke out.

Of the city’s new cases, 853 are already in quarantine and isolated areas and the remaining 164 are being contact traced.

Among other southern localities, Dong Thap Province recorded 139 new cases in locked down areas.

Long An Province recorded 134 cases, with 44 of them having close contact with previously confirmed patients, 19 returning from HCMC and 71 still being contact traced.

Of 64 cases in industrial hub Dong Nai, 39 had close contact with other patients, two had returned from HCMC and the remaining 23 are being contact traced.

Of 23 new cases in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, 16 had been isolated after having close contact with confirmed patients, five are linked to the cluster at Bau Lam Market and the remaining two are being contact traced.

Of 15 new cases in Tra Vinh Province, 13 had close contact with other patients and the remaining two returned from HCMC and Ben Tre.

An Giang Province recorded five new cases, with two already quaratined, one linked to the cluster at HCMC's Binh Dien wholesale market and one returning from Binh Duong.

Of Binh Phuoc's three cases, two had been already quaratined and one is still being contact traced.

The two new cases in Can Tho City are being contact traced.

All 19 southern localities including the entire Mekong Delta will undergo social distancing from next week amid rising numbers of coronavirus infections. Of these, HCMC, Dong Nai and Binh Duong are already under social distancing while 16 others were added to the list Saturday.

In central Vietnam, Khanh Hoa Province recorded 78 new cases, 27 of whom were detected in quaratine and isolation areas while the remaining 51 are being contact traced.

Da Nang recorded 33 new cases, including 31 in quaratine facilities and isolation areas while the remaining two are being contact traced.

30 new cases in Phu Yen, and five each in Gia Lai and Binh Thuan were detected in quaratine facilities.

Dak Nong Province reported four new cases, three of whom are close contact cases and one is being contact traced.

The three new cases in Quang Ngai Province and one in Ninh Thuan have been isolated prior to test results.

In northern Vietnam, Hanoi recorded 13 patients, including 10 close contact cases, while the other three are being contact traced.

All 13 new cases in Hung Yen Province had been already quaratined following contact tracing.

Five new patients in Ha Nam had been quaratined after returning from HCMC while the three new cases in Hai Phong had traveled to many localities before returning to the locality.

The two new cases in Bac Ninh Province and one each in Bac Giang, Lang Son, and Vinh Phuc had been already isolated.

Since the new wave of Covid-19 emerged in Vietnam on in late April, 44,263 local infections have been recorded in 58 of its 63 cities and provinces.

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