VOV.VN - The number of COVID-19 cases is currently increasing both globally and in Vietnam due to the recent rapid spread of the Omicron variant, according to the General Department of Preventive Medicine.
The department revealed that Vietnam is recording an average of roughly 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 per day, with several sublineages of the Omicron variants namely BA.4, BA.5, BA.2.75, and BA.2.12.1 being reported.
The Ministry of Health has recently sent an urgent document to local Departments of Health across the country, requesting them to keep a close watch on the evolving of the new subvariants and tighten anti-pandemic measures.
Specifically, the General Department of Preventive Medicine has proposed that the directors of health departments regularly report the real number of infected cases in a timely manner, closely monitor the emergence of new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and take prompt measures in a bid to avoid severe cases and fatalities.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Vietnam has recorded 11,367,479 COVID-19 cases, ranking 12th out of 227 countries and territories globally. Of the total, 10,029,826 patiens have recovered and 43,098 have died of the virus and underlying illnesses.
The Ministry of Health has warned that people continue taking protective measures such as strengthening disinfection efforts, wearing masks in high-risk areas, and getting booster jabs to prevent the disease and limit severe cases.