01.08.2021, 21:58

Vietnam capital city of Hanoi records 81 new coronavirus cases in a single day

Vietnam capital city of Hanoi records 81 new coronavirus cases in a single day
  • Vietnam’s Hanoi city recorded 14 new cases on Sunday night, raising its daily tally to 81.
  • The country has administered more than 6.2 million Covid-19 vaccine shots, fully vaccinating 620,611 people with two shots.
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On Sunday, Vietnam recorded 8,597 new infections, the fourth highest day since the pandemic broke out in the country. Of them, 6,590 were in quarantine zones and areas under lockdown and 2,007 were detected in the community, the VNExpress citing a report by Health Ministry.

Last week, Vietnam announced a 15-day lockdown in the capital city as a coronavirus surge spread from the southern Mekong Delta region.

Related: Vietnam surpasses 150,000 total COVID-19 cases as up to 43,157 patients recovered

The lockdown order bans the gathering of more than two people in public. Only government offices, hospitals and essential businesses are allowed to stay open.

Until recently, Vietnam’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic had been a remarkable success story.

The emergence of the Delta variant in Vietnam at the end of April 2021 changed everything. The World Health Organization estimates that Delta is 55 per cent more transmissible than Alpha, which was itself around 50 per cent more transmissible than the original virus. Interventions that previously curbed community spread became inadequate to control outbreaks.

The country has administered more than 6.2 million Covid-19 vaccine shots, fully vaccinating 620,611 people with two shots.

In coming months, Vietnam will commence manufacturing Sputnik V and, thanks to a progressive technology transfer from the United States, construction has started on a factory that aims to produce a further 200 million vaccine doses in the first half of 2022. Vietnam’s Nanocovax has also entered phase III trials, raising hope for domestic self-sufficiency in years to come.

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