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Vietnam logs nearly 3,000 Covid-19 cases on July 14
Vietnam logged 829 Covid-19 new cases, including 823 domestic ones, from 12.30 pm to 6.30 pm on July 14, according to the Ministry of Health. Most of the infections were confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s current largest hotspot, with 592, and Binh Duong 73, Dong Thap 42, and Dong Nai 38, among others.
With the added cases, Vietnam reported a total of 2,934 cases, including 2,924 domestic infections, on the day. Of them, 2,509 cases were detected in quarantine or locked-down areas.
An additional 805 people have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 12 cities and provinces across Vietnam during the past 12 hours. Of the newly detected cases, 801 were locally acquired and four were imported. Most of the local infections were documented in southern localities, with Ho Chi Minh City registering 603 cases, Dong Nai 72, Dong Thap 36, Ba Ria – Vung Tau 17, An Giang 8, and Ninh Thuan 7.
Three Covid-19-related deaths confirmed on July 14 afternoon
The Ministry of Health on July 14 afternoon announced three Covid-19-related fatalities, raising the number of deaths in Vietnam to 135. The three were elderly in Ho Chi Minh City with serious underlying diseases.
The first was an 87-year-old woman. She suffered from hypertension and senility. She died on July 10 and the cause of death was recorded as acute myocardial infarction, septic shock, severe pneumonia caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection in hypertensive patients, and old age.
The second was a 67-year-old man suffering from a cerebrovascular accident, chronic arthritis requiring medical treatment. He lived with his son who was positive for Covid-19. The patient died on July 10, with the cause of death recorded as septic shock, skin infection, severe pneumonia due to SARS-CoV-2 infection, multi-organ failure in patients with cerebrovascular accidents, and chronic arthritis.
The last, an 83-year-old woman suffered from hypertension, senile dementia, cerebrovascular accident, and percutaneous gastrostomy. She passed away on July 12, with the cause of death recorded as septic shock, severe pneumonia caused by SARS-CoV-2 infection in patients with hypertension, senility, and myocardial infarction.
Hanoi to test 10,000 people with high risk
Hanoi’s Department of Health on July 14 sent an urgent dispatch to the centers for disease control and health centers of districts and towns to conduct Covid-19 testingon 10,000 people.
The tests are specifically aimed at those considered at-risk including people working in Thang Long Industrial Park (Dong Anh district), the communities in districts of Dong Anh, Soc Son, and Me Linh; people who work in transport services, drivers, driver assistants, ticket salesmen, people who work regularly at major city bus stations or train drivers, service staff, staff on trains and train stations; traders, people who often work in wholesale markets, traditional markets and professional security staff at companies providing security services.
From July 14-18, health centers of districts and towns will take pooled samples and transfer them to the city's Centre for Disease Control (CDC).
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Quarantine for foreign arrivals, direct contacts of Covid-19 patients down to 14 days
The Ministry of Health issued updated guidelines on the mandatory quarantine period and details of a pilot home quarantine scheme for people who came into direct contact with confirmed Covid-19 cases on July 14.
According to the guidelines, the time of medical quarantine is decreased from 21 days to 14 days for direct contacts (F1 cases) of confirmed Covid-19 patients (F0) and foreign arrivals, except for arrivals for business purposes with a duration of stay shorter than 14 days, and other cases of entries in accordance with other regulations of the Immigration Department and the National Committee for Covid-19 Prevention and Control. However, they would need to continue to monitor their health status for the next 14 days.
Local authorities are ordered to manage and supervise the isolation period and follow-up medical observation period to ensure no cross-infection or virus spread in the community.
Vietnam is grappling with the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic which is evolving in a complex manner. Ho Chi Minh City is the epicenter of the country’s fresh outbreak, registering more than 2,000 cases for the first time on July 14.
Data from the Ministry of Health shows Vietnam has logged 34,710 positive cases in 58 out of 63 cities and provinces nationwide following the resurgence of the virus on April 27.
Overall it has confirmed a total of 38,239 cases since the virus attacked the country in January 2020. As many as 9,624 patients have recovered from the disease.
As of July 14, the country’s Covid-19 vaccine fund had received VND 8.11 trillion (USD 353.24 million) from 443,538 organizations and individuals, according to the fund’s managing board.
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