Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (Nov. 9): 7,988 New Cases Reported Over Last 24 Hours
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Vietnam reports 7,988 new Covid-19 cases on November 8
An additional 7,988 infections of Covid-19, including 34 imported cases, were recorded in Vietnam on November 8. Compared to the previous day, the number of daily cases has increased nationally by 323.
Ho Chi Minh City reported the highest number of infections with 1,316, followed by Dong Nai province with 969, and Binh Duong province with 823. The capital city of Hanoi logged 111 new cases.
The Ministry also announced an additional 67 Covid-19 deaths. Over the course of the past 24 hours, a further 1,073 patients were declared free from the virus.
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Vietnam to launch Covid-19 booster shot plan later this year
The Ministry of Health has planned to vaccinate people with a Covid-19 booster jab, starting later this year, said Minister Nguyen Thanh Long on Nov. 8. According to Long, Vietnam has so far secured approximately 125 million doses of vaccines from different sources. More than 90 million doses have been administered, with 84% of people aged 18 and above receiving their first dose and over 40% receiving their second dose.
Vietnam is one of the three countries in the world with the fastest injection rate in terms of daily and weekly doses, said Minister Long, adding that it ranks second only to Indonesia in Southeast Asia.
He said Vietnam is conducting human clinical trials of three vaccines, of which two vaccines are entering the third and last phase. It has also signed contracts on technology transfer with countries around the world to gradually secure vaccines for domestic use in the long run. He revealed that the Ministry of Health is finalizing a comprehensive prevention and control plan that also focuses on enhancing medical capacity at the grassroots level to deal with future epidemic emergencies.
International air routes in operation from early 2022
The Ministry of Transport has submitted to the Prime Minister a three-phase plan to resume international commercial flights starting from early 2022. Vietnam has closed its skies to air travel since late April 2020 to combat the pandemic.
In the first phase passengers are required to be fully vaccinated or have a certificate of recovery from the disease within six months. They must prove that they have already paid 7-day quarantine costs at a designated isolation facility (hotel) in Vietnam. Passengers that are not fully vaccinated are required to undergo 14-day isolation and have confirmation that they have already paid isolation costs at a designated isolation facility in Vietnam.
From the second quarter of 2022, passengers having a ‘vaccine passport’ or a certificate of recovery from Covid-19 within six months have to self-isolate at the place of residence. The expected time for self-isolation will be between 3 - 7 days. Others will undergo 14-day quarantine at a designated isolation facility.
In the third phase, passengers may not be required to show their vaccine passport or self-isolate if herd immunity is achieved in Vietnam. This will also depend on the results of negotiations on mutual recognition of ‘vaccine passports between Vietnam and other countries.
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Hanoi: Over 1.2 million laborers receive Covid-19 support from the unemployment insurance fund
Over 1.2 million laborers affected by the pandemic in Hanoi have received financial support from the municipal unemployment insurance fund, reaching 74.3 percent of the total employees eligible for the support. Hanoi’s social security agency also announced a reduction in contributions of employers to the city’s unemployment insurance fund for 84,384 units with an initial amount of more than VND 367 billion (US$ 15.956).
According to the Vice Director of Hanoi’s social security agency Vu Duc Thuat, the city’s insurance offices are working hard to quickly approve records and accelerate payments for laborers.
Apart from delivering support to employees, Hanoi’s social security agency has also paid attention to popularizing Resolution No.116/NQ-CP of the Government through the mass media, radio stations of communes, wards and towns, and social networks so that employers and laborers know about their benefits and relevant procedures, he said.
The country’s Covid-19 tally rose to 976,672 cases since the start of the pandemic following the Health Ministry confirmed the detection of 7,988 new infections on Nov. 8.
As of November 8, the country had injected over 90.68 million vaccine doses, with more than 29.3 million people now being fully inoculated. 95% of adults across 19 southern localities have received at least one vaccine shot, with over 50% now being fully vaccinated.
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