Vietnam sees Covid-19 case number rises by 2,787
Competent forces on duty at a coronavirus checkpoint. The Ministry of Health this morning, July 21 reported 2,787 fresh Covid-19 cases, with 2,775 locally infected in 23 provinces and cities - PHOTO: VNA
HCMC - The Ministry of Health this morning, July 21 reported 2,787 fresh Covid-19 cases, with 2,775 locally infected in 23 provinces and cities, taking the country’s Covid-19 caseload to 61,940 in the fourth wave of the pandemic, which began in late April.
Among the domestic cases, HCMC accounted for the most at 1,739, followed by Binh Duong with 657, Dong Nai with 85, Tien Giang with 65, Vinh Long with 39, Khanh Hoa with 38 and Ben Tre with 35. In addition, 16 other provinces and cities reported one to 18 new cases.
The new cases sent HCMC’s Covid-19 count up to 39,526 in the ongoing fourth wave, while Binh Duong Province’s total number of locally-infected cases reached 4,382.
Since June 27, HCMC’s field hospital No. 1 has discharged a total of 1,712 Covid-19 patients, raising the city’s total number of recoveries to 3,658.
Besides, Dr Do Quoc Huy, deputy director of the Covid-19 intensive care center in the city, said on July 20 that thanks to treatment efforts, as many as 106 critically-ill patients had taken a turn for the better.
Apart from this, a Covid-19 treatment center at the Military Hospital 175 in HCMC, with 200 beds, was put into operation on July 19, helping ease the overload facing hospitals specializing in treating Covid-19 patients in the city. After the opening, 22 ill patients were transferred to the center.
Speaking a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on July 20, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son said that the ministry would allocate over three million doses of Covid-19 vaccine to HCMC in late August or early September.
As the city is the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, the ministry will continue prioritizing vaccine allocations for the city, the local media reported.
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