Vietnam confirms 45 new Covid-19 cases on Monday evening as Saigon imposes social distancing

, Vietnam confirms 45 new Covid-19 cases on Monday evening as Saigon imposes social distancing
  • Vietnam records 45 new community cases of Covid-19 on Monday evening (Feb 08, 2021), according to Health Ministry.
  • Ho Chi Minh City imposes social distancing after dozens test positive for coronavirus with many linked to staff of Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
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Vietnam reports 45 new community cases on Monday evening, the new cases include 03 in Quang Ninh province, 03 in Ha Noi capital, 02 in Gia Lai province, 25 in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), and 12 in Hai Duong province, VNExpress citing a report from Ministry of Health.

Today, the Vietnam’s government orders Ho Chi Minh City to strengthen COVID preventive measures as 25 more test positive. Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long proposed Ho Chi Minh City apply social distancing in some areas following surging infections linked to Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

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Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc agreed with the proposal at the meeting, saying that there have been seven areas in HCMC recording community transmissions, and social distancing should be applied in those areas.

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The areas are in Districts 1, 9, 12, Binh Thanh, Go Vap, Binh Tan and Tan Binh.

Health Minister Nguyen Thanh said the outbreak in the baggage handling area at Tan Son Nhat could have existed long before and that some people involved may have been infected and then recovered.

“The outbreak in HCMC was quite complicated and has gone through many cycles of infection; therefore, the source of this outbreak has not yet been determined. This is what makes us very worried,” he said.

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The heath minister said even though they did not have contact with air passengers, the infected airport staff could still have interacted with many people in the community. He asked the city government to urgently prevent the outbreak from spreading further.

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With the twenty-five new patients, Ho Chi Minh City has now recorded 31 locally transmitted cases, counting from January 28 when community transmissions returned to Vietnam after 55 clean days with first cases detected in northern Hai Duong and Quang Ninh provinces.

In the past 11 days, Vietnam has registered 467 domestic cases in 12 cities and provinces, according to local media.

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