Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (Jan. 4): Nearly 16,000 New Infections Reported
Vietnam reports nearly 16,000 new Covid-19 infections, over 24,460 recoveries
Vietnam reported 15,936 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours as of 4 pm on January 3, including 20 imported cases, reported the Health Ministry. Hanoi remains the locality with the highest number of infections at 2,100, followed by Hai Phong (1,749), Tay Ninh (919), Vinh Long (842), Ca Mau (821), and Khanh Hoa (786).
The average number of new cases in the country over the past seven days has stood at 15,629 a day, while the national death rate has been at a daily average of 222.
Hanoi plans only one venue for the Lunar New Year fireworks display
The Hanoi municipal administration has decided to put on a fireworks display at only one venue to welcome in the lunar New Year 2022 on January 31 evening. Fireworks will go off at Thong Nhat Park in the city center and last for 15 minutes, starting at 00.00hrs on February 1. Funding for the show will be contributed by local businesses.
Hanoi canceled New Year fireworks and countdown celebrations this year due to the complex nature of the Covid-19 pandemic, and this was the second year such a show had been canceled. Instead, the city organized several celebrations online.
In a recent directive, the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat requested localities to consider fireworks display to welcome in New Year and lunar New Year depending on the actual situation of their Covid-19 outbreak. The Covid-19 outbreak remains complicated in the Hanoi capital as around 2,000 new cases are detected daily these days. Almost all inner districts have raised their Covid-19 alert levels and restricted events of public gatherings.
International flights to Vietnam resume after two years
The first regular commercial flight in nearly two years arrived in Vietnam with 121 passengers from the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Vietnam Airlines flight VN852 landed at Tan Son Nhat Airport in HCMC at 6:45 pm, Saturday. The passengers were overseas Vietnamese and people from Japan, Germany, South Korea, Indonesia, and France, all fully vaccinated or recovered from Covid-19, the carrier said in a press release.
They also needed to test negative in a real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test done within three days before the flight.
Vietnam had closed its borders and grounded all regular international flights in March 2020, only allowing in its nationals and foreign experts, investors, and highly skilled workers coming by special flights. The government has approved a two-week first phase of resumption of flights to nine destinations starting January 1.
Ministry urged to conduct necessary procedures to buy vaccines for children aged 5-11
The Prime Minister has requested that after the child vaccination policy is approved by competent authorities, the Ministry of Health must conduct necessary procedures to buy vaccines for children aged 5-11. It was part of the PM’s directions about Covid-19 vaccination under Document No.9629/VPCP-KGVX recently issued by the Government Office.
The Government leader also asked the Minister of Health to ensure sufficient vaccines for people of all ages and take direct responsibility to the Party, State, and people for the task.
The Health Minister must convene meetings with experts and work with medical and army staff to drastically step up vaccination, ensuring that it is done in a safe, scientific, and effective manner. The minister was also assigned to report vaccination progress in January 2022, and guarantee enough vaccines for children aged above 12 to complete the injection of booster doses for this group in the first quarter. The Ministry of Health was asked to study information about Covid-19 prevention and control measures posted on the Government portal to direct the effective fight against the pandemic.
As of January 2, more than 153 million people have been vaccinated against Covid-19, including over 69.2 million people who have received two jabs, and over 6.5 million who have been given their booster shots.
Since the fourth wave of the pandemic hit in late April, the country has recorded 1,773,170 local cases, of which more than 1.394 million patients have since been declared free from the virus. With 33,031 fatalities so far, Vietnam ranked 26th out of 224 countries and territories.
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