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Vietnam announces 14 additional local coronavirus patients

Vietnam announces 14 additional local coronavirus patients

Sunday, January 31, 2021, 11:00 GMT+7
Vietnam announces 14 additional local coronavirus patients
People wait to be tested for COVID-19 in Hai Duong Province, northern Vietnam. Photo: Duc Tuy / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health documented 14 new local COVID-19 cases on Sunday morning, including five in Hanoi, pending another case update the agency will give later the same day.

The new patients consist of one in Bac Ninh Province, two in Hoa Binh Province, two in Gia Lai Province, five in Hanoi, and four in Hai Duong, which is now the epicenter of a fresh outbreak announced on Thursday.

Vietnam had spent nearly two months finding zero domestic infections when the country detected the first two cases on Wednesday and publicly confirmed them one day later, according to the health ministry’s data.

The country has recorded 221 community cases since then, which were logged in Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Hanoi, Bac Ninh, Hoa Binh, Ho Chi Minh City, Hai Phong, and Gia Lai.

Eighty-four of the infections had been announced on Thursday, 62 on Friday, and 61 on Saturday.

Most of the patients have been traced back to the epicenters of Hai Duong and Quang Ninh.

Health officials have conducted aggressive contact tracing as well as targeted testing and lockdowns since the new wave blindsided the country.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, who is chief of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, said this week that Vietnam will suppress this outbreak within next week given such stringent measures.

Vietnam has confirmed 1,781 coronavirus cases, including 914 domestic infections, as of Sunday morning, with 1,456 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The ministry will give another update on the daily case spike at 6:00 pm on Sunday.

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