One day earlier on February 13, Vietnam confirmed 53 new Covid-19 patients, including 49 locally-transmitted and four imported cases.
Currently, nearly 130,000 people who came into contact with COVID-19 patients or returned from epidemic hit countries have been placed in quarantine for medical surveillance.
Roughly 15,690 people are under quarantine across the nation, with more than 680 at hospitals, and the remainder at concentrated quarantine facilities and at home.
The national Covid-19 tally stands at 2,195 cases now with 1,531 recoveries and 35 deaths.
Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son told a recent meeting of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control that from a cluster of cases detected at Tan Son Nhat airport, the medical sector recorded 36 local transmissions. Ho Chi Minh City has tested over 5,000 cases having close contact with family members of COVID- 19 patients, with the majority giving negative results.
At the same time, the city also conducted testing in crowded areas, with over 2,000 out of more than 4,800 samples taken coming back negative for the virus, and the remainder waiting for results.
Also during the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, head of the committee, applauded the sustained efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic made by all localities during Lunar New Year festival.
The pandemic has brought under control in some localities, with the number of fresh cases in 12 out of 13 provinces (except Hai Duong), tending to drop by 50% per day.
All new COVID-19 cases were recorded in quarantine facilities, posing no risk of community transmission, Dam said, while urging people to stay vigilant as the pandemic development is unpredictable.