COVID-19 updates: Vietnam logs another 3,198 new cases as Delta variant changes everything

  • Vietnam Health Ministry confirmed another 3,198 Covid-19 patients in 20 localities Monday morning.
  • Until recently, Vietnam’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic had been a remarkable success story. The emergence of the Delta variant in Vietnam at the end of April 2021 changed everything.
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Vietnam’s domestic Covid case count up by 3,198 with 1,997 recorded in Ho Chi Minh City.

The remaining cases were recorded in the southern Binh Duong (496), Dong Nai (189), Can Tho (119), Tien Giang (79), Vinh Long (50), An Giang (17), Kien Giang (17), Dong Thap (11); the central Da Nang City (76) and provinces of Binh Thuan (46), Binh Dinh (14), Dak Nong (10), Nghe An (8), Thanh Hoa (4), Ha Tinh (2), Lam Dong (2), Gia Lai (1); Hanoi and the northern province of Ninh Binh (13). Of them, 2,222 were detected in isolated areas and 976 in the community, VNExpress reported.

Until recently, Vietnam’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic had been a remarkable success story. The emergence of the Delta variant in Vietnam at the end of April 2021 changed everything. The World Health Organization estimates that Delta is 55 per cent more transmissible than Alpha, which was itself around 50 per cent more transmissible than the original virus. Interventions that previously curbed community spread became inadequate to control outbreaks.

Over three months into its fourth wave, the most challenging that Vietnam has encountered, the country has recorded 153,621 cases in 62 of its 63 cities and provinces. HCMC accounts for most infections, at 96,292.

The country has vaccinated more than 6.41 million people, including 659,064 who have received two shots.

Related: Foreigners in Vietnam can now register for COVID-19 vaccine online. Here’s how!

Vietnam’s business hub of Ho Chi Minh city has deployed mobile vaccination teams to quarantine facilities or locked down areas in Thu Duc City as it speeds up its inoculation campaign.

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The capital city of Hanoi has started to administer Covid-19 vaccines to people at health centers of districts and towns.

In this campaign, three types of vaccines, AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna, are being used.

The Hanoi Department of Health says that this is the largest Covid-19 vaccination campaign in the history of the capital city, which will last for more than nine months, from July 2021 to April 2022.

People will receive a copy of their vaccination records seven days later.

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