Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (Jan. 31): Daily Tally Falls Sharply By Over 1,400
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Daily tally falls sharply by over 1,400, more than 55,000 recover from virus
The Ministry of Health confirmed a further 13,694 new Covid-19 cases nationwide on January 30, marking a drop of 1,444 cases from one day earlier, and bringing the national tally since the start of the pandemic up to 2.2 million.
Of the new cases, a total of 8,196 were found within the local community and 38 were imported. Hanoi currently tops the daily case list with over 2,900 new cases, followed by Da Nang city with 876 infections and Bac Ninh with 803 cases. The average number of new cases in the country over the past seven days has stood at more than 15,000 a day, while the national death rate has been at a daily average of 136.
The Health Ministry also confirmed a further 55,018 recoveries on the same day, thereby bringing the total number of recovered cases up to over 2 million. A further 121 casualties were also confirmed over the past 24 hours to raise the country’s death toll to 37,668.
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Over 75 percent of students to return to school after Tet
More than 17.12 million, or 75.71 percent of the total pupils and students nationwide, are likely to return to school for face-to-face learning from February 7 after Lunar New Year (Tet) holidays. Particularly, 100 percent of high school students in all the 63 cities and provinces across the nation will resume direct learning from the date. At the same time, about 91 percent of the colleges and universities plan to open for face-to-face studying after Tet.
The ministry reported that the rate of students taking direct learning as of January 25 was 69.3 percent with nearly 15.68 million students going to school. Fourteen cities and provinces have allowed students to study directly at schools, while 30 combined online and face-to-face learning, and 19 others organized learning activities online or through television.
On January 27, the Ministry of Education and Training issued a handbook on Covid-19 safety at schools, which provides updated guidelines on pandemic prevention and control in schools following recommendations of the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation.
The ministry also asked education-training facilities to make preparations for direct learning, while coordinating with the local Department of Health and relevant agencies and parents to give training to students on Covid-19 prevention measures and ensure good control of the pandemic.
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Localities urged to accelerate vaccinations against Covid-19 during Tet
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has asked provinces and cities nationwide to speed up the vaccination campaign during Tet (Lunar New Year) festival so as to complete the second shot for teenagers aged between 12-17 in January and the third dose for adults in the first quarter of this year.
It aims to ensure that all children and adults who still need vaccinations can receive the shots during the occasion, especially high-risk people. Localities were requested to make plans so that the inoculation will be given to the right people and in line with the MoH’s instructions.
They were also asked to continue the dissemination campaign on the benefits of vaccination, thereby encouraging people to get full vaccinations on schedule as well as assuring adequate benefits for the health sector's staff who take part in the pandemic prevention and vaccination work during the Lunar New Year holiday as required.
According to the MoH, by January 26, 2022, the coverage rate of the second dose of vaccine for people aged 18 years and older had reached over 95 percent and for those aged 12 to 17 years had reached over 87 percent.
As of January 29, more than 181 million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19, including over 74 million people who have received two jabs, and over 27 million who have been given their booster shots.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has urged provinces and cities nationwide to accelerate the vaccination campaign during the lunar New Year festival (Tet) in order to finalize the second shot for teenagers aged between 12-17 in January and the third dose for adults in the initial quarter of this year.
It is designed to ensure that all children and adults who still need vaccinations are able to get the shots during the occasion, especially high-risk people.
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