Vietnam records its first death in 2021 as local cases keep rising

A health worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) conducts a Covid-19 coronavirus swab test on a woman at the Thanh Xuan district medical center in Hanoi on Saturday, May 15, 2021. - AFP

HANOI, May 15 (Bloomberg/Xinhua): Vietnam reported its first death from Covid-19 this year on Saturday.

An 89-year-old woman died after being treated for pneumonia caused by the virus at a Hanoi hospital, according to the health ministry.

It was the nation’s first reported virus death since September, the ministry’s news website Suc Khoe Doi Song said.

The country confirmed 823 new domestic virus cases since April 27, taking the total number of local virus cases during the pandemic to 3,854, with 36 deaths.

Meanwhile, VIetnam reported 20 new Covid-19 cases from 6pm local time Friday to 6am on Saturday, all locally transmitted, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 3,836, according to its Ministry of Health.

They were all detected in lockdown areas in northern and central localities, including 15 in northern Bac Giang province, two in northern Lang Son province and one in VIetnamese capital Hanoi, among others.

All of them are contacts of previously confirmed patients or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.

Nearly 970,000 people working on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19, mostly health workers, had been vaccinated by Friday.

As of 6am. local time Saturday, VIetnam had recorded a total of 2,377 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 807 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the ministry. - Xinhua
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