Vietnam reports 10,489 new Covid-19 cases, 656,129 in total


A medical worker takes a sample for Covid-19 testing in Hanoi's Bạch Mai Ward. - Vietnam News/ANN

HANOI, Sept. 16 (Xinhua): Vietnam reported 10,489 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, including 10,482 locally transmitted and seven imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

The new infections brought the country's total tally to 656,129, with 16,425 deaths, the ministry said.

Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 5,735 in the epicenter Ho Chi Minh City, 2,998 in the nearby Binh Duong province, and 567 in Dong Nai province.

As many as 423,551 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, up 10,901 from Wednesday, while over 32 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.

As of Thursday, Vietnam has registered a total of 651,726 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, people living in high risk or very high risk areas are to be tested for SARS-CoV-2 three times a week, while those living in other areas tested every five or seven days.

This is part of the latest guidelines sent by the Ministry of Health to steering committees for Covid-19 prevention and control in provinces and cities nationwide on Tuesday. The guidelines concentrate on testing and preventive measures to take when localities implement social distancing.

According to the ministry, ramping up testing was important to control the disease. In areas with a high/very high risk of Covid-19 infection, rapid antigen tests should be given priority to immediately isolate positive cases.

Rapid antigen tests and RT-PCR tests could be combined. - Xinhua

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