COVID-19 updates: Vietnam breaks record for new daily cases as HCMC runs out of vaccines

, COVID-19 updates: Vietnam breaks record for new daily cases as HCMC runs out of vaccines

Covid-19 daily tally reaches new high at 9,684. Among the new cases, the epicenter of HCMC continued to lead the daily tally with 3,898 cases, followed by Binh Duong (3,210), Long An (724), and Dong Nai (614). Hanoi recorded 114 new cases in the day and Da Nang 130, according to Health Ministry.

Sunday’s tally is the highest daily number ever recorded in Vietnam, followed by 9,225 on July 24, the data showed.

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Of the new cases, 2,155 were detected in the community and the rest in quarantine facilities or lockdown areas, VNExpress reported.

With the recovery of 4,860 patients confirmed Sunday, the total number of recoveries since the start of the pandemic rose to 71,497.

The business hub of HCMC also led Sunday’s death toll with 108 of 381 deaths in seven localities. It was followed by Binh Duong with 30, Long An with five and Ca Mau, Dak Lak, Binh Dinh and Ninh Thuan with one each. The total Covid-19 death toll stands at 3,397, including 3,362 in the new wave.

The current speed of vaccination can see HCMC run out of the Covid-19 vaccine doses that the Ministry of Health has allocated to the city.

According to the HCMC Department of Health, the city vaccinated more than 262,000 people on Saturday. From July 22 to August 7, the city has administered vaccine doses to over 2.1 million people.

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The number of vaccine doses that the city has received from the Ministry of Health since July 22 is around 2.59 million. The health department says that at the current rapid vaccination rate, if more doses are not distributed in time, the city could run out by the end of Monday.

Vaccination in HCMC has been sped up since July 22. In addition to priority groups, the city has opened up access to everyone above 18, with support from private healthcare facilities. Some procedures have been shortened to speed up the process. The number of vaccination teams has been doubled to 1,200.

So far, HCMC has received the highest number of vaccine doses in the country at more than four million doses. The vaccination distribution rate on the city’s population is 21 percent, although only around 1 percent have been fully vaccinated, according to VNExpress.


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