18.07.2021, 08:45

Covid-19 continues raging as 2,454 domestic cases reported in 21 localities

Covid-19 continues raging as 2,454 domestic cases reported in 21 localities

Competent forces work at a coronavirus checkpoint. The Ministry of Health this morning, July 18 confirmed 2,472 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 18 imported cases and 2,454 locally-infected ones in 21 provinces and cities - PHOTO: VNA

HCMC - The Ministry of Health this morning, July 18 confirmed 2,472 fresh Covid-19 cases, including 18 imported cases and 2,454 locally-acquired ones in 21 provinces and cities, taking the country’s caseload to 47,394 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April.

Among the latest domestic cases, HCMC alone accounted for the most at 1,756, together with 626 infections updated by the HCMC Center for Disease Control onto the national Covid-19 monitoring system, sending the city’s Covid-19 count to 29,081 in the current fourth wave.

Binh Duong Province came second with 281 infections, followed by Dong Nai with 75, Long An with 48, Tay Ninh with 42, Ba Ria-Vung Tau with 41, Vinh Long with 38, Dong Thap with 36, Tien Giang with 31 and Khanh Hoa with 29.

Ben Tre Province saw new infections rise by 17, while 16 cases were detected in Phu Yen, 12 in Can Tho, 10 in Kien Giang, nine in Hanoi, four in Binh Dinh, three each in Soc Trang and An Giang and one each in Bac Ninh, Dak Nong and Bac Giang. As many as 2,226 infections were found at quarantine centers or in areas under lockdown.

The 18 imported cases were reported in Tay Ninh, HCMC, Haiphong and Bac Kan.

In related news, Binh Duong Province has put its field hospital No. 1 with 1,500 beds into operation.

The hospital is located at the Binh Duong Convention and Exhibition Center in Thu Dau Mot City and covers 22,000 square meters.

In August, another field hospital with 1,500 beds will also be put into operation. Earlier, the province had requisitioned the dormitory of the Vietnam National University HCMC in Di An City as a field hospital with 1,000 beds.

The province has nine Covid-19 treatment facilities and is quarantining over 9,700 people at concentrated quarantine centers.

With the 281 new domestic cases reported this morning, Binh Duong Province has seen 2,580 Covid-19 infections in the ongoing fourth wave.

In another development, the Hanoi Department of Transport last night, July 17 issued an order suspending passenger transport services from/to 37 provinces and cities, mainly the southern provinces, starting from today to stop the spread of Covid-19.

The decision was made after the prime minister issued a two-week stay-at-home mandate in 19 southern cities and provinces.

Under the order, buses, taxis, contract cars, passenger coaches and vehicles operating fixed routes will suspend their services from/to Ha Nam, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Ha Tinh and 33 provinces and cities from Thua Thien Hue southward.

Meanwhile, contract vehicles transporting officials, experts and workers of agencies or industrial parks and export processing zones remain operational, the local media reported.