Vietnam Covid-19 Updates (August 10): Over 5,000 New Cases Recorded in Last 12 Hours
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Over 5,000 new cases recorded, mostly in southern Vietnam
Vietnam has confirmed 5,149 more coronavirus cases in 23 cities and provinces across the country during the past 12 hours, with most cases recorded in the south, reported the Ministry of Health on August 10 morning.
Of the total, 662 cases were uncovered in residential areas or through random testing, while the rest were documented in quarantine or lockdown areas. Most of the locally acquired infections were detected in southern provinces, with Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, registering 2,490 cases.
Binh Duong, another coronavirus hotspot that is an industrial complex hub and a gateway to Ho Chi Minh City, recorded 1,325 cases. Other southern localities registering high numbers of new infections include Dong Nai 354, Long An 313, Ba Ria – Vung Tau 109, Tay Ninh 102, and Tien Giang 100. Several cases were sporadically detected in other localities such as Phu Yen, Gia Lai, Hai Duong, and the Hanoi capital.
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Ho Chi Minh City to cover funeral expenses for deceased Covid patients
Ho Chi Minh City authorities said the city would cover expenses for funeral services for deceased Covid patients in “the safest and most solemn manner”.Ho Chi Minh City authorities said the city would cover expenses for funeral services for deceased Covid patients in “the safest and most solemn manner”.
For Covid patients who die at the hospital, the city Department of Health will transfer funds to the hospitals to pay for funeral services. For Covid-19 patients who die at home, their families will need to present a death certificate to their ward or commune or township authorities to receive financial support. The city has also set a standard price for funeral service fees for those who do not die of Covid.
When a Covid patient dies, whether at home or at the hospital, the body must be disinfected and transported directly to the cremation place by specialized vehicles for cremation within 24 hours from the time of death.
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Hanoi to conduct Covid-19 testing for 300,000 residents in high-risk areas
The Department of Health of Hanoi will conduct a large-scale testing campaign for about 300,000 residents in high-risk areas and those with a high risk of infection from August 10-17.
The municipal health sector is determined to optimize the social distancing period, which will end on August 23, to detect infected cases soon. The target groups include freight forwarders, traders at markets and supermarkets, public sanitation workers, taxi drivers, and workers at industrial parks.
The move was made as the pandemic situation remains complicated in the city with many new cases having been recorded in the community. Over the past three weeks, 634 cases out of 1,369 local infections have been detected in the community including the Tho Am hamlet cluster in Thanh Tri district, Hoa Voi cluster in Quoc Oai district, as well as Phung market cluster in Thach That district.
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Local COVIVAC vaccine to enter the second phase of clinical trials
The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology is set to recruit the first group of volunteers on August 10 for the second phase of clinical trials of the locally-produced COVIVAC vaccine in the northern province of Thai Binh. This information was delivered by Dr. Duong Huu Thai, director of the Nha Trang Institute of Vaccines and Medical Biologicals (IVAC).
The number of volunteers participating in the second phase will include 375 healthy people aged between 18 and 60. Indeed, the optimal dosage for the second phase will be between 3mcg and 6mcg. The COVIVAC vaccine has been being researched and developed by IVAC since May 2020. It represents a collaborative project with American universities and PATH organization.
The COVIVAC vaccine is a liquid vaccine that comes with or without adjuvants, without preservatives, with the production technology of the Newcastle vector vaccine, and is based on the production technology used in chicken eggs with embryos. This technology is also used to produce local seasonal flu vaccines.
As of 6 am on August 10 Vietnam has recorded 220,957 new cases following the resurgence of the virus in late April, and 222,527 cases since the start of the first outbreak in the country in January 2020.
More than 75,920 patients have recovered from the disease and have been discharged from the hospital. Nearly 10 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, with 1,003,287 people receiving the second shot.
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