VOV.VN - Vietnam confirmed the detection of a further 147,358 fresh COVID-19 cases on March 7 in 63 cities and provinces nationwide, with Hanoi continuing to document the highest number of infections with 32,317.
Localities recording thousands of COVID-19 cases with the highest level behind Hanoi, include Nghe An with 10,153, Bac Ninh with 7,873, and Phu Tho with 4,326.
The Health Ministry also confirmed an additional 78 COVID-19 deaths over the past 24 hours, including 15 in Hanoi, thereby raising the national death toll to 40,891, or 0.9% of total infections.
Following the fourth wave of infections which hit the country in late April, more than 3.57 million cases have now been confirmed, whilst over 2.71 million people have since recovered.
The same day witnessed the Ministry of Health announce the discharge of a further 36,993 COVID-19 patients after they fully recovered from the virus, thereby taking the total number of recoveries up to 2,718,440.
Over 197.91 million COVID-19 vaccines doses have been administered in Vietnam so far.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has also suggested that asymptomatic COVID-19 patients (F0) and close contacts (F1) can work during their quarantine period.
According to the proposal which has been submitted to the National Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control for consideration, asymptomatic COVID-19 patients who are undergoing quarantine for seven days and have RT-RCR test results which are positive, can work remotely. In addition, they could be permitted to take care of COVID-19 patients in their families, accommodation establishments, or COVID-19 treatment facilities in line with their assigned tasks and their professional skills.
The MoH also suggested that F1 cases who have not been fully vaccinated or have not been inoculated against COVID-19 could be permitted to participate in urgent affairs of their units and localities through remote or in-person working.
Similar to the situation with F0 cases, F1 people are allowed to travel by personal vehicles and must fully comply with the MoH’s preventive measures, the Ministry said.
They must also undergo PCR or antigen tests on the fifth day from the last exposure date, or as soon as symptoms of COVID-19 infections emerge so they can have swift treatment in line with the MoH’s regulations.