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Vietnam sees rise in Covid-19 infections and deaths

Vietnam has seen a recent rise in the number of Covid-19 infections and deaths due to the appearance of new Omicron sub-variants.

On Thursday, Vietnam recorded 3,295 Covid-19 cases, the highest figure for the past three months. The country also reported a total of around 15,000 Covid-19 infections over the past three days.

The number of Covid-19 patients with serious symptoms in the country increased to 208. Over the past week, Vietnam has witnessed seven Covid-19 deaths.


A Covid-19 patient in critical condition at the Central Hospital for Tropical Dieases 

According to the Ministry of Health, many localities have faced infections caused by new Omicron sub-variants, including BA.5, BA.4, and BA.2.12.1. Most recently, the BA.2.74 sub-variant entered the country, meaning there are four new Omicron BA.4, BA.5, BA.2.74 and BA.2.12.1 sub-variants present.

Many southern cities and provinces, including HCM City, Can Tho, Binh Duong, and Ben Tre, are facing the spread of BA.4 and BA.5.

A survey from the HCM City Hospital for Tropical Diseases indicated that up to 80 percent of the hospital’s Covid-19 patients by late July were due to the BA.5 sub-variant.

The Ministry of Health has asked localities to keep close eyes on Covid-19 infections to have suitable measures for pandemic prevention and control.

Associate. Prof. Dr. Tran Dac Phu, former director of the General Department of Preventive Medicine under the Ministry of Health, said that many people had not yet been fully vaccinated, and this was among the concerns about a possible pandemic outbreak.

Source: Dtinews



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