A man disinfects an area of a quarantine center in Bac Ninh Province. Vietnam reported 22 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday afternoon – PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HEALTH
HCMC – The Ministry of Health this afternoon, May 12, confirmed 22 new Covid-19 cases, including 19 domestic infections, taking the country’s tally to 3,593.
All of the new locally transmitted cases were detected at quarantine centers, areas under lockdown and a frontline hospital in the northern region.
Bac Giang Province reported the highest number with nine new cases, followed by Bac Ninh Province with five. The National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Hanoi had two new cases, while the Ha Nam, Thai Binh and Hung Yen provinces had one new case each.
The country has seen 581 Covid-19 cases in 26 cities and provinces in the latest outbreak since April 27. The northern region continued to be the Covid-19 hotspot. Hanoi took the lead in terms of new Covid-19 cases, with 155 to date, followed by Bac Ninh with 124 cases and Bac Giang with 79 cases.
The three imported Covid-19 cases were reported in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, who were returnees from Malaysia and have been sent to the Long Dien District medical center for treatment.
In Bac Ninh Province, the second biggest Covid-19 hotspot in the latest outbreak to date, nearly 380 volunteers have registered to join Covid-19 infection prevention and control activities.
The provincial Department of Health has asked hospitals in the province to ensure all patients being admitted to or discharged from the hospitals are tested for Covid-19.
The province’s health system is now capable of performing 20,000 Covid-19 tests a day and expects to raise its capacity to 30,000 tests a day in the next 15 days.
Since May 5, the local authorities have fined 120 people for not wearing face masks in public places and three businesses for violating regulations on Covid-19 infection prevention and control.
In related news, the Hanoi City Center for Diseases Control is looking out for people who visited the Cuong noodle stall at 733 Nguyen Duc Thuan Street, Gia Lam District, which is related to a Covid-19 case. People who visited the noodle stall between 5 and 6 p.m. on May 1 should immediately contact the local health authorities.
People who travelled on the SE4 train from HCMC to Hanoi from May 6-8 have also been asked to contact the health authorities. The train departed from HCMC at 7:25 p.m. on May 6 and stopped at the Danang and Dong Ha-Quang Tri stations before arriving in Hanoi on May 8.
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