Vietnam’s Covid infection tally up by 37, the new cases are reported in four northern provinces of Bac Giang, Bac Ninh, Vinh Phuc and Tuyen Quang.
Da Nang suspends taxis, delivery services amid rising coronavirus concerns.
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Vietnam reported 37 new COVID-19 cases from 6 p.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. local time Monday, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 4,212, according to its Ministry of Health.
They were all locally transmitted cases detected in northern localities, including 22 in Bac Giang province, 11 in Bac Ninh province, three in Vinh Phuc province and one in Tuyen Quang province.
All of them are contacts of previously confirmed patients or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.
The health ministry on Monday also said that another COVID-19 patient had died with underlying conditions, marking the country’s 37th death related to the virus. As many as 2,668 patients have so far recovered, and nearly 108,300 people are being quarantined and monitored.
Vietnam has been coping with a new Covid-19 wave that broke out on April 27 and has so far seen 1,177 cases in 27 cities and provinces, with Tuyen Quang added to the list Sunday. Among the patients, 336 are in Bac Giang and 252 are in Bac Ninh.
Da Nang has suspended cars and motorbikes from transporting passengers and delivery services starting Monday amid rising coronavirus concerns.
Deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee, said the suspension would be applied for taxi services and other contracted vehicles with under nine seats, including ride-hailing services, VNExpress reported.
Motorbikes are also suspended from transporting passengers, and ride-hailing services have to stop delivery services as well. All drivers of taxis, contracted vehicles and ride-hailing services would need to medically declare themselves and be tested for Covid-19, he added.
The move followed several coronavirus outbreaks recorded in the central city. One of the latest cases confirmed was a GrabCar driver who had attended two weddings and driven several passengers before he was found infected. Contact tracing efforts in the city have revealed that several people working for taxis and other ride-hailing services have been infected with the coronavirus after making contact with previously confirmed cases.
Da Nang, which has recorded 135 coronavirus cases in the community in Vietnam’s latest Covid-19 wave, has already suspended non-essential activities like bars, dance clubs and massage parlors. It has also banned on-location food and beverage services, and banned gatherings of more than five in public spaces, according to VNExpress.