Vietnam reports 127 new local Covid-19 cases; leading medical experts head to Bac Giang to combat new clusters

Two hundred medical workers from Quang Ninh Province on Saturday (May 15,2021) volunteered to support Covid-19 treatment in Bac Giang Province. - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, May 16 (Vietnam News/ANN): Vietnam reported 127 new Covid-19 cases from 6pm local time Saturday to 6am local time Sunday, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 4,112, according to its Ministry of Health.

They are all locally transmitted cases detected in lockdown areas and quarantine facilities in northern localities, including 98 in Bac Giang province, 23 in Bac Ninh province, five in Dien Bien province and one in Hoa Binh province.

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

Amid the complex development of the epidemic outbreak in the COVID-19 epicenter Bac Giang province, where the coronavirus has been spreading quickly at the factories in industrial parks, the health ministry has sent a team of experts to assist the province in epidemic prevention and control measures.

A total of 169 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed in Vietnam on Saturday, the highest number of new cases reported in a single day since the pandemic broke out in Vietnam early last year.

As of Sunday morning, Vietnam had recorded 2,649 domestically transmitted cases, including 1,079 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, leading medical experts from the health ministry were dispatched to lend a hand to Bac Giang on Saturday night after the northern province reported rapid transmission of Covid-19 over the weekend.

The working group included leaders of the Institute of Occupational and Environmental Health, National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Department of Preventive Medicine, Department of Health Environment Management and Hà Nội’s Bạch Mai Hospital.

From Friday to Sunday morning, the province confirmed more than 250 new cases of Covid-19.

According to Le Anh Duong, chairman of the province People’s Committee, Bac Giang now has three complicated clusters in Hosiden Vietnam Ltd Company and Quang Chau Industrial Park.

“The infection rate is very quick due to cold, enclosed working environment and low ceiling, ” he said.

About 160,000 labourers from 14 localities nationwide are working at industrial parks in Bac Giang.

The chairman said local authorities would consider suspending operations of companies which do not observe Covid-19 prevention protocols.

The province will not close all industrial parks but only small ones, he said.

The province has set up a third field hospital and is making plans for a fourth and fifth. - Vietnam News/ANN

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