The infection tally of Vietnam’s new Covid-19 wave rose to 177,804 Thursday morning with 3,941 new cases added in 24 cities and provinces.
New coronavirus infections in HCMC have been “plateauing” over the past few days, indicating a gradual reduction.
Among the new patients, HCMC accounted for 2,349, followed by its neighboring provinces of Binh Duong (497), Tay Ninh (235), and Long An (189), etc.
Of the total new cases, 1,008 were detected in the community and 2,933 in quarantine camps or lockdown areas, VNExpress reported.
Since the wave started on April 27, community transmissions have been recorded in 62 of Vietnam’s 63 cities and provinces, with HCMC accounting for the most cases, 108,379, followed by Binh Duong with 22,053.
More than 7.55 million people have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus but only 778,986 have received two doses.
Coronavirus cases ‘plateau’ in HCMC
New coronavirus infections in HCMC have been “plateauing” over the past few days, indicating a gradual reduction, officials said.
The highest number of new cases recorded within a day was on July 27 with 6,318. Earlier, daily cases in the southern city averaged around 5,000, and from July 28 onward, around 4,000.
The Covid-19 situation in Ho Chi Minh City has begun to show positive signs in recent days, according to the municipal Center for Disease Control (CDC). Most newly detected cases have already been contained within quarantine zones or other locked down areas, it added.
The highly transmissible Delta variant has rendered ordinary methods of contact tracing and isolation ineffective to completely contain outbreaks, which only serve to slow down infections.
The most important thing for now is to speed up vaccination and continue coronavirus control measures. Preventative measures must also go hand in hand with treatment.
Treating severe coronavirus cases and preventing deaths is the city’s current issue.
Vietnam has so far recorded over 2,200 Covid-19 deaths in the new wave, with HCMC accounting for over 1,600, according to VNExpress.