Vietnam health ministry reported another 12,399 local Covid-19 cases in 36 cities and provinces Thursday, bringing the country total of the new wave to 571,746.
250 children in Ho Chi Minh city orphaned by Covid-19 pandemic, according to the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Labor.
Vietnam records 12,399 more local Covid cases, the business hub of Ho Chi Minh City led the numbers of cases with 5,549 cases, Binh Duong with 4,531 cases and Dong Nai with 880 cases.
Health ministry also reported 272 deaths on Thursday, and another 73 deaths from previous days were added to the national database, totaling to 345 deaths, including 203 in HCMC, 64 in Dong Nai, and 40 in Binh Duong.
The national death rate over the past week has been 310 a day on average. The coronavirus death toll in Vietnam so far is 14,470, or 2.5 percent of all infections.
12,523 Covid-19 patients were announced recovered on Thursday, bringing the country total to 338,170.
According to the report 6,417 among hospitalized 223,459 patients are severe cases who rely on respiratory or ECMO support.
As of today, over 24.7 million people in the country have received at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot with more than 4.1 million people have been fully vaccinated.
The latest coronavirus outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City has taken away the parents of 250 children and left thousands infected.
A total 250 orphans have lost either their fathers or mothers, or both parents to latest coronavirus outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City, Dang Hoa Nam, head of the Department of Child Affairs under the Ministry of Labor said.
“It is worrisome as many children have lost their loved ones, which easily causes psychological trauma,” he added.
HCMC has so far registered 273,154 community cases and 11,074 deaths since April, 2021.
The city has recorded 14,800 children under 16 with Covid-19. Of these, 12,000 have recovered and 13 have died.
Those with moderate symptoms, respiratory failure, showing risks of growing severe or suffering underlying diseases (cancer, chronic kidney failure, hemophilia, obesity, etc.) must be hospitalized, according to deputy director of HCMC Children’s Hospital, Nguyen Minh Tien.
“The rate of children turning severe and critical in Vietnam is about 1 percent,” he said, adding that it is much lower than 20 percent among adults.
According to the Child Affairs Department, for the ongoing wave, the nation has recorded more than 11,800 child Covid-19 patients.
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