Vietnam confirms nearly 16,000 new infections, 166 Omicron cases

VOV.VN - A further 15,954 people across 61 localities nationwide were found to have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, a rise of 186 from figures on the previous day, the Ministry of Health reported on January 26.

Hanoi continued to be the leading locality on the list with new infections with 2,884 cases, trailed by the southern provinces of Da Nang with 991 and Bac Ninh with 865 cases.

The capital has recorded roughly 3,000 new daily COVID-19 cases over the past two weeks and has consistently topped the country in the daily tally.

It has now confirmed more than 120,000 cases so far in the fourth pandemic wave.

The fourth wave which hit the nation in late April has now seen over two million COVID-19 cases and more than 21.8 million recoveries from the disease.

Over 73.9 million people out of the national population of 96 million have been vaccinated with two doses, whilst more than 25.9 million have received their third dose.

The COVID-19 death toll in Vietnam rose to 37,165 following the confirmation of 155 deaths on January 26.

The Health Ministry also confirmed 36,331 recoveries on the same day, bringing the total number of recovered cases up to 1,841,180.

The average number of new cases in the country over the past seven days has been 15,574, while the national death rate has been 150 a day on average.

Furthermore, the nation has so far recorded 166 Omicron cases nationwide, with the majority coming in Ho Chi Minh City with 72 cases.

The same day Hanoi also confirmed its first community transmission of Omicron, a hotel employee who came into close contact with foreign entrants infected with the variant.

According to Nguyen Hong Tam, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City’s centre for disease control (HCDC), most local COVID-19 infections related to the Omicron SARS-CoV-2 variant show no symptoms.

In the face of the new virus strain, the Health Ministry therefore advises people to strictly implement regulations regarding the 5K message, especially regularly wearing masks in public places or at work.