HCM City becomes biggest coronavirus epicenter as new cases surge

VOV.VN - Ho Chi Minh City reported the latest discovery of a further 169 local cases of COVID-19 on July 4 evening, taking its daily infection count to 599 on a single day, according to the Ministry of Health.

The new additions have propelled the southern metropolis’s infection tally to rank first in the latest coronavirus wave with more than 6,034, surpassing Bac Giang province with 5,631.

On July 4 saw the nation recorded a total of 887 fresh cases, including 873 community cases and 14 imported infections.

The new cases in HCM City were found within quarantine zones and locked down areas, while those in other localities primarily came into close contact with infected patients.

As many as 16,502 locally-transmitted cases were detected in the latest coronavirus wave that hit the nation more than two months ago.

The same day, a further 176 coronavirus patients were declared clear of the virus, boosting the total recoveries to 7,819, while the death toll has climbed to 86 following the confirmation of two fatalities relating to COVID-19.

To cope with the worsening pandemic situation, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on July 4 chaired a virtual meeting with leaders of eight southern localities in an effort to contain the COVID-19 pandemic as swiftly as possible.

According to the Ministry of Health, as of July 4, 19,933 positive cases in total were confirmed, including more than 17,000 found in the current  coronavirus wave. It is worth noting that HCM City is facing the most challenging wave of COVID-19, with large number of cases being recorded every day, while infection sources of many case have yet to be identified.

The cabinet leader asked HCM City and neighbouring localities to coordinate efforts to ensure both pandemic prevention and control and business and production activities.

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