More than 168,000 new COVID-19 infections recorded over 24 hours

VOV.VN - The Health Ministry announced a further 168,719 new COVID-19 cases on March 3 across all 63 cities and provinces a drop of 386 infections from the previous day.

Among the latest cases, 15 were imported and the rest were domestic infections.

Over the past 24 hours, Hanoi recorded more than 30,600 new COVID-19 cases, and registered an additional 195,000 infections to the national database after reviewing related information.

The capital’s tally was trailed by Nghe An (11,666), Phu Tho (7,216), and Bac Ninh (5,669),
The Health Ministry reported that a further 62 COVID-19 patients had died, including 10 in Hanoi.

The average death toll per day in the nation over the last seven days therefore stands at 81.

Since the pandemic started last year, the country’s death toll has climbed to 41,290, or 0.7% of all infections.

During the latest wave which hit the country in late April, more than 5.89 million cases have now been confirmed, with more than 3 million of them since recovering.

Furthermore, nearly 200  million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the country to date.

Elsewhere, the number of children infected with COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City has continuously increased over the past three weeks, especially among primary school students, the main group which has not been vaccinated.

In the face of the current situation, the southern metropolis is in the process of completing preparations to vaccinate children from five to 11 years old as soon as they are provided with vaccines, as directed by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and based on parental consent.

For several days, Hanoi capital has been the locality that has recorded the highest number of new infections throughout the country. At present, cases appear to be increasing day by day with no sign of abating.

According to an explanation given by medical experts, one of the reasons for the high number of SARS-CoV-2 infections in Hanoi is due to the prolonged impact of the pandemic and the steep increase in terms of the number of F0 cases in many localities following the nation moving on from its “Zero COVID” strategy.