17.08.2021, 08:27

Vietnam Covid 19 Updates August 17 Bac Ninh Detects Cluster After Three Clean Weeks

Data from the Ministry of Health shows the past 24 hours saw Vietnam record 930 fewer cases than the previous day.

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Over 8,600 infections, 368 deaths recorded over 24 hours

An additional 8,644 coronavirus cases have been detected in Vietnam during the past 24 hours, approximately 1,000 fewer than the previous day’s figure, while Covid-19 has claimed 368 more lives in the country, according to the Ministry of Health on August 16 evening.

Of the newly detected cases, 8,644 were locally acquired and eight were diagnosed upon returning from overseas, the MoH said in its 6 pm coronavirus update. About 2,422 cases were documented in the community through random testing or test screening at healthcare facilities, and the rest tested positive in quarantine or lockdown areas.

Ho Chi Minh City, the largest coronavirus hotspot in Vietnam, led 43 cities and provinces that reported new infections, registering 3,341 cases.

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Ho Chi Minh City opens social welfare center for Covid-19 hit people

Ho Chi Minh City, the hardest-hit locality by Covid-19, has debuted social welfare centers in District 5, 7, and 12 in an effort to provide essential items to needy people during the ongoing social distancing period.

The establishment of the centers is one of the southern metropolis’s urgent measures aimed at supporting needy people and containing theSARS-CoV-2 virus by September 15, according to Mayor Nguyen Thanh Phong.

At present, the city has prepared one million “social welfare packs” including essential food and face masks for underprivileged people, to help them stabilize their lives and contribute to stamping out the pandemic. Migrant workers, students, and disadvantaged people are among those who benefit from the city’s relief package during the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak.

Vietnam Covid 19 Updates August 17 Bac Ninh Detects Cluster After Three Clean Weeks

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Intensive care center for treatment operational in Can Tho

The National Intensive Care Centre for Covid-19 Treatment based at Can Tho Central General Hospital has been officially put into operation, said Deputy Director of the hospital Pham Thanh Phong on August 16. It is one of the 12 centers of its kind established by the Health Ministry across the country.

With 200 beds and modern equipment, the center is isolated from other treatment areas and tasked with treating critically ill patients in Can Tho and those sent from hospitals at lower levels in the Mekong Delta. The hospital deployed 30 doctors and 50 nurses to serve the center. The same day, the center received eight patients from the Can Tho Central General Hospital and two others from other hospitals.

On August 16, the People’s Committee of Binh Duong province and Becamex IDC put into operation the second stage of Thoi Hoa field hospital with 3,400 beds and announced the expansion of the largest Covid-19 treatment area with 12,000 beds.

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Bac Ninh detects Covid-19 cluster after three clean weeks

A cluster with at least 21 infections has emerged in the northern Bac Ninh Province, once a hotspot of the ongoing Covid wave. The new infection chain was identified Saturday, with the first case being a delivery person of Viettel Post company who lives in Luong Tai District and works at the firm’s local branch.

By Monday, 21 people related to him in Bac Ninh have been confirmed positive. The new cluster had ended a streak of 21 days without any new community infections for Bac Ninh. Local authorities have tracked down 386 people having direct contact with the delivery man.

The Ministry of Health has ordered Bac Ninh and Hanoi to expand their epidemiological investigations related to this cluster to quickly locate the infected people and areas to absolutely prevent infections from spreading into industrial parks.

Data from the Ministry of Health show the past 24 hours saw Vietnam record 930 fewer cases than the previous day. Overall, Vietnam has confirmed 279,681 new cases since the resurgence of the virus in late April 2020 and 283,696 cases since the start of the first outbreak in January 2020.

As many as 4,473 more patients have been discharged from the hospital during the past 24 hours, raising the total number of recoveries to 106,977. A further 368 deaths were announced in 15 cities and provinces, with Ho Chi Minh City alone confirming 315 fatalities. Vietnam has so far recorded 6,141 deaths, with most suffering from underlying illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes (type II), and multi-organ failure.

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Valerie Mai

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