COVID-19 count up by 229, with most infections in Bac Giang, HCM City

VOV.VN - The Ministry of Health (MoH) confirmed a further 241 more local COVID-19 cases on June 2, with Bac Giang province and Ho Chi Minh City reporting the most at 157 and 31.

The 229 cases were domestically recorded in Bac Giang (157), Bac Ninh (31), Ho Chi Minh City (31), Hanoi (8 ), Da Nang (1), and Hai Duong (1), while 12 other imported infections were reported in three southern localities, including Kien Giang, An Giang, and Ho Chi Minh City.

Most of the new cases detected in Bac Giang and Bac Ninh were found in isolation and lockdown areas linked to labourers working at industrial zones, while those in Hanoi were identified as F1 contacts of previously confirmed patients.  The majority of the cases in Ho Chi Minh City are linked to the Revival Ekklesia Mission.

The number of locally-transmitted and imported cases has so far stood at 6,294, and 1,519, respectively. 

The nation has recorded a total of 3,085 recoveries after an addition 42 coronavirus patients were declared free from the SARS-CoV-2 virus on June 2. In addition, 49 COVID-19 related fatalities were confirmed so far.

Recent times has seen Ho Chi Minh City emerge as a new hotspot, with a growing number of domestic infections being related to the Revival Ekklesia Mission.

Officials in the southern city have confirmed that the COVID-19 cluster which broke out at the Christian congregation in Go Vap is the source of the infections detected at several dozen companies and three industrial parks.

Most notably, over 200 cases across 20 of the southern city’s 22 districts have subsequently been traced back to the cluster.

"Ho Chi Minh City has 1.6 million workers and without proper measures to control the pandemic, there could be a crisis," said Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long.

Amid an increasing number of transmissions, industrial parks in the southern metropolis have strengthened pandemic prevention measures in a bid to slow the spread of the virus among the wider community.

The southern metropolis has so far registered 258 community cases during the latest wave that started five weeks ago.

With regard to vaccine-related issues, the MoH has compiled a list of 36 companies and organisations which are licensed to import and sell vaccines.

The MoH therefore encourages localities, businesses, and organisations to participate in seeking vaccine supplies to allow more people to access COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible, according to Minister Long.

Moving forward, the MoH will cut the processing time for administrative procedures, while simultaneously ensuring the quality and safety of vaccines and prevent of any adulteration.

It has also advised localities, companies, and organisations to work directly with vaccine producers or authorised agents to avoid fraud.

The same day Deputy Minister of Health Do Xuan Tuyen had a working session with Bac Ninh City's Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control, during which he said although the pandemic situation is still under control, there are still complicated developments and the risk of new cases still exists.

As of 6 pm June 2, Bac Ninh, the second biggest hotspot, recorded more than 907 local cases, with the majority relating to workers working in industrial parks.

Deputy Minister Do Xuan Tuyen asked Bac Ninh City to determine F0 cases, thereby zoning off affected areas in an effort to work out a proper pandemic prevention strategy.

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