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Vietnam reports over 1,000 local coronavirus infections in a week

Vietnam reports over 1,000 local coronavirus infections in a week

Sunday, May 23, 2021, 22:40 GMT+7
Vietnam reports over 1,000 local coronavirus infections in a week
Health workers conduct COVID-19 tests in a lab in Hai Phong, Vietnam. Photo: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam has recorded more than 1,000 domestic coronavirus cases in the past week, with Sunday’s count approaching 130 patients, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country detected 181 local cases on Monday, 152 on Tuesday, 175 on Wednesday, 114 on Thursday, 131 on Friday, and 143 on Saturday, the health ministry said in a report.

It confirmed 131 cases on Sunday, including 129 local infections and two imported ones.

Bac Giang and Bac Ninh Provinces, the country’s largest clusters, logged 68 and 48 of the community cases, respectively.

Seven of the new patients were documented at a cancer hospital in Hanoi.

In total, 1,025 patients have been announced this past week.

Vietnam has been struggling with a new wave of infections since April 27, when it recorded the first local transmission after having spent about a month detecting zero cases.

The health ministry has announced 2,165 domestically-transmitted cases since then.

Bac Giang Province is ahead with 919 patients, followed by Bac Ninh with 467, Hanoi with 283, and Da Nang with 151.

Ho Chi Minh City has confirmed only six transmissions in this fourth wave.

The health ministry recorded one virus-related death on Sunday, a 72-year-old Vietnamese woman who had suffered many serious comorbidities.

Vietnam has logged 5,217 local and imported COVID-19 cases since the coronavirus first emerged in the country on January 23, 2020, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.

Recoveries have hit 2,721 while 42 patients have died, including seven this year.

Health workers have conducted 846,642 coronavirus tests since April 29.

A total of 1,027,659 vaccine shots have been administered to medical staff and other frontline workers in Vietnam since its mass inoculation was rolled out on March 8.

Vietnam has battled four rounds of infections so far, the latest being the worst.

The Southeast Asian country confirmed 106 community cases in the first wave from January 23 to April 16, 2020, 554 in the second from July 25 to December 1, 2020, and 910 in the third from January 28 to March 25, 2021.  

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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