COVID-19: HCM City records 347 new cases over six hours

VOV.VN - A further 400 locally acquired coronavirus cases have been documented in 11 cities and provinces across Vietnam during the past six hours, with Ho Chi Minh City alone recording 347 cases.

Of the total, 277 cases were detected in quarantine or lockdown areas, while the remaining 123 cases are under investigation, the Ministry of Health said in its 12.00am COVID-19 update on July 7.

HCM City, the busiest and most populous city in Vietnam, remains the epicenter of the latest coronavirus outbreak in the south, recording 347 cases.

The city has temporarily shut many crowded wholesale markets and wet markets to halt the spread of the virus. It has also tightened travel restrictions by requesting anyone wishing to enter or go out of the city to undergo a COVID-19 test.

Amid a rising number of COVID-19 infections, the city has put into operation four more new field hospitals to receive and treat patients. It has planned to carry out a home quarantine scheme on a pilot basis for F1 cases (i.e. those in first-hand contact with sources of infection).

HCM City has so far recorded nearly 8,000 cases, including 270 cases announced on July 7 morning, since the resurgence of the virus in Vietnam in late April.

Elsewhere, 19 more cases were detected in Long An, 13 in Quang Nai, six in Bac Ninh, four in Phu Yen, three in Tra Vinh, three in Bac Giang, two in Nghe An, and one each in Ca Mau, Ba Ria – Vung Tau and Dak Lak.

Vietnam has recorded more than 19,000 positive cases following the resurgence of the virus on April 27. Overall it has logged a total of 22,741 cases since the virus attacked the country in January 2020.

As many as 8,077 patients have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.

About 102 patients have died of COVID-19 and other underlying illnesses.

Close to 4 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Vietnam, with 235,570 people fully receiving two shots.

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