Vietnam’s Covid-19 cases surpass 12,000
The Saigon Times
|Residents are waiting for Covid-19 testing. The Ministry of Health this afternoon, June 17, reported 220 new Covid-19 cases – PHOTO: VNA|
HCMC – The Ministry of Health this afternoon, June 17, reported 220 new Covid-19 cases, taking the country’s total so far to 12,014.
Eight of the new cases were imported into Hanoi, Quang Nam, Kien Giang and Hoa Binh.
The remaining 212 cases came from domestic transmission. Bac Giang Province witnessed a strong spike in new cases, with 178, followed by HCMC with 30, Tien Giang with two, Ha Tinh with one and Nghe An with one.
The fourth wave of the coronavirus, which began on April 27, has hit 40 provinces and cities, with 11 of them having undergone 30 consecutive days without new infections.
In another development, Tien Giang Province has decided to set up the second field hospital, with a capacity of 60 beds, for Covid-19 treatment, after the province reported 11 more domestic cases this morning.
The second field hospital, which is located in Phuoc Thanh Commune in My Tho City, will be in charge of quarantining and monitoring suspected cases and treating Covid-19 patients.
As for patients in critical condition, the hospital must transfer them to the provincial general hospital for treatment, the local media reported.
Earlier in March last year, the province had established the first field hospital, with 50 beds, in Chau Thanh District.
Since April 27, the Mekong Delta province has reported 40 locally-infected cases.
In related news, Hanoi City today started to conduct rapid tests on passengers arriving at Noi Bai International Airport from HCMC. The testing is set to last for four to five days.
The testing is aimed at preventing the spread of Covid-19 from HCMC, which is one of the biggest Covid-19 hotbeds, according to the Hanoi Center for Disease Control.
During this testing period, the city’s center is working with the Soc Son District Healthcare Center to randomly test 400 passengers arriving from HCMC. The result of each rapid test returns in 20 minutes.