Vietnam's cloth import surges over 2 months; Covid-19 total now stands 2,488

HANOI, March 5 (Xinhua): Vietnam spent nearly US$1.9 billion importing cloth in the first two months of this year, posting a year-on-year rise of 17.6 percent, according to the country's General Statistics Office on Friday.

In January and February, Vietnam imported around 223,000 tons of cotton worth US$359 million down 4.4 per cent in volume and 5.2 per cent in value from the same period last year.

However, the country also spent US$361 million importing 182,000 tons of yarn, up 15 per cent and 19.7 per cent respectively.

Last year, Vietnam poured over US$11.8 billion U.S. dollars into importing cloth and earned roughly US$29.5 billion from exporting garments and textiles, according to the office.

China was Vietnam's largest supplier of cloth, followed by South Korea and Japan

Vietnam recorded six new cases of Covid-19 infection on Thursday night (March 5), bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 2,488, according to its Ministry of Health.

The new infections, all locally transmitted, were detected in the northern Hai Duong province, the country's largest Covid-19 hotspot at the moment.

As many as 1,920 patients have been given the all-clear, the ministry said, adding that nearly 51,600 people are being quarantined and monitored.

The latest wave of Covid-19 infections hit Vietnam on Jan 28, with 879 community cases so far confirmed in 13 cities and provinces. - Xinhua
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