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158 cases of COVID-19 reported on Thursday

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COVID-19 testing among workers in an industrial park. — Photo provided by the Ministry of Health

HÀ NỘI — A total of 158 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Việt Nam from 6am to noon on Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health.

These included six imported cases who were immediately quarantined on arrival in An Giang and Kiên Giang provinces, and 152 domestically-transmitted infections.

Of the local cases, 68 were found in Bắc Giang, 33 in Bắc Ninh, 41 in HCM City, four in Hà Nội; three in Hà Tĩnh; one in Lạng Sơn, one in Hải Dương and one in Long An.   

As many as 131 cases were detected in quarantine or locked-down areas.

Sixteen provinces have gone 14 days without new cases. They are Yên Bái, Quảng Ngãi, Đồng Nai, Nghệ An, Quảng Ninh, Quảng Nam, Quảng Trị, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Đắk Lắk, Nam Định, Hòa Bình, Tuyên Quang, Phú Thọ, Sơn La, Ninh Bình and Thanh Hóa.

As of noon on Thursday, the country’s total number of infections stands at 9,723, including 8,106 domestic cases and 1,617 imported cases.

There have been 6,536 cases since the latest outbreak hit the country on April 27. The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed 55 lives in Việt Nam so far.

In recent days, the number of COVID-19 cases with unknown sources of infection has been continuously updated by the Centre for Disease Control of HCM City.

These cases came from Hóc Môn, Tân Phú, Bình Tân, Tân Bình and Thủ Đức City and were detected through large-scale testing or hospital screening when their symptoms appeared.

According to the latest report of the HCM City Department of Health, there are at least 38 cases of COVID-19 with unidentified sources of infection, of which eight were detected through large-scale testing in the community, and the remaining 30 cases in hospitals when patients came for screening.

Lê Quốc Hùng, Head of Tropical Diseases Department, HCM City’s Chợ Rẫy Hospital told Tuổi Trẻ (Youth) newspaper that the existence of many unknown F0 sources in the community was very dangerous.

“If not detected and prevented in time, these missing F0s still roam around in the community and push the spread of the disease more and more widely.” —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/society/971211/158-cases-of-covid-19-reported-on-thursday.html

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Vietnam records 37 more domestic Covid-19 patients

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Vietnam records 37 more domestic Covid-19 patients

People in HCMC’s Binh Tan District stand in line to wait for their turn to take coronavirus tests on June 22, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.


The infection tally of Vietnam’s new Covid-19 wave rose to 10,694 on Thursday morning with 37 new cases added.

The new patients were recorded in HCMC (26), northern province of Thai Binh and Bac Giang (three each), southern provinces of Tay Ninh and Long An (two each), and central province of Khanh Hoa (one).

Of the cases in HCMC, 24 are associated with previously confirmed Covid-19 patients and the authorities are still looking into the transmission source for the other two.

In Bac Giang, three cases are linked to clusters at its industrial parks.

Thai Binh registered three cases whose sources of transmission are yet to be determined.

Tay Ninh got two cases, inlcuding one returning from central Da Nang City and one with unclear source of infection.

Long An reported two cases related a cluster at Dinsen Co. Ltd in Ben Luc District.

Khanh Hoa got one case in the beach town of Nha Trang that is linked to a patient in HCMC.

The new update marks the first community case in Khanh Hoa so far far in the new wave, and the return of local infections for Tay Ninh and Thai Binh after more 20 clean days.

Since the new wave started on April 27, local infections have been recorded in 45 cities and provinces, led by Bac Giang with 5,502 cases and HCMC with 2,100.

More than 5.92 million of the nation’s 96 population have been tested since April 29.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/vietnam-records-37-more-domestic-covid-19-patients-4298128.html

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National population database project to be implemented on July 1

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The project on building a national database on population and production, and issuing and managing citizen identification has been basically completed.

National population database project to be implemented on July 1

Lieutenant General Nguyen Duy Ngoc at the conference

The shifting from the management mode of paper household residence registration books to personal identification numbers will be implemented soon.

The Ministry of Public Security (MPS) on June 22 organized a conference reviewing the national population and production database project and citizen identity card issuance.

Thr ministry organized a ceremony on announcing the official running of the system, commencing from July 1.

PM Pham Minh Chinh and leaders of ministries attended the ceremony.

According to Lieutenant General Nguyen Duy Ngoc, Deputy Minister of Public Security, the two projects were approved by the PM in 2020. Though they were independent projects, the Ministry of Public Security decided to integrate them to help cut costs. The projects cost VND1 trillion lower than the estimates.

Ngoc named four outstanding achievements of the projects.

First, completed the building of a national database center in population and production system, and the issuance and management of citizen ID cards.

The ministry instructed the contractors to design in a way that is ‘modern, synchronous, high security and not wasteful’. They were implemented with the support of MIC to ensure the meeting of the requirements, with the information security meeting the fourth level as stipulated by the Decree 85.

Second, MPS has completed the collection and addition of population information across the country, “cleaned” the data, synchronized it into the system and issued identification codes to citizens nationwide.

To date, information about 98 million individuals has been collected . Identification codes were granted to citizens on June 18. This is an important basis for establishing electronic identity of citizens, contributing to national digital transformation.

Third, the designing and production of new citizen ID cards with electronic chips have been completed. From March 1 to now, 54 million dossiers for application for citizen ID card granting have been submitted, one month earlier than planned.

However, Ngoc said the printing and delivering of citizen ID cards are still slow because of the lack of materials and electronic chips caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fourth, MPS has successfully carried out the trial connection of the national database in population with ministries, branches and local authorities.

MPS has conducted a test run of connecting and integrating services shared with the Ministry of Infomation and Communications (MIC), Ministry of Finance  (MOF), Ministry of Justice (MOJ), and the people’s committees of Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Da Nang and Thua Thien-Hue; and has cooperated with the Government Office to trial the service connection on the national public service portal. 

Doan Bong

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/society/national-population-database-project-to-be-implemented-on-july-1-748422.html

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Transmission sources unknown for many HCMC Covid-19 patients

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Transmission sources unknown for many HCMC Covid-19 patients

A man walks a bicycle past the Saigon General Hospital in HCMC’s District, June 22, 2021. The hospital is currently locked down as linked to at least five Covid-19 cases. Photo by VnExpress/Huu Khoa.


Many new Covid-19 cases detected in HCMC recently are of people visiting hospitals seeking treatment for other health problems, meaning their transmission sources are unclear.

The number of daily cases in HCMC has kept passing the 130 mark for over a week now, making up the highest number of cases reported nationwide.

Part of the cases are related to clusters the city has identified, but more than a few have only been detected after patients visited local hospitals for health examinations and a screening step later revealed they’d contracted the new coronavirus.

Over the past two weeks, the city has been detecting new infections without clear sources of transmission every day.

It means the virus has spread quietly in the community, according to the city’s Center for Disease Control.

On Wednesday morning, of 51 cases confirmed in HCMC, 10 were detected after visiting local hospitals for their medical checkups. They are residents of districts of 8, 10, 4 and Thu Duc City.

On Tuesday, as the city recorded 136 patients, nine were found in similar circumstances, having come on their own for health checks to local hospitals.

The ratio was 137:19 last Sunday, 135:20 last Saturday and 149:13 last Friday.

So far in the new wave that broke out two months ago, many healthcare facilities in the city have had to suspend operations or placed under lockdown after finding patients with Covid-19.

Most recently, the Saigon General Hospital on Le Loi Street of District 1 was locked down starting Tuesday after it received five different patients who were confirmed positive for the novel coronavirus later.

Truong Huu Khanh, consultant at the infectious diseases department at HCMC Children’s Hospital No.1, said the continuous detection of new cases through spontaneous medical examinations at hospitals shows that the anti-Covid-19 strategy adopted so far, which is locating, isolating and conducting mass testing in affected areas, is not enough.

He proposed an adjustment that allows local people to get the coronavirus test as soon as they wish, such as at medical centers in the ward and district where they live, instead of going all the way to some big hospitals and getting the test via their regular screening step.

With more hospitals detecting infections in the new outbreak, many people are now hesitant to visit hospitals and therefore, by the time they develop Covid-19 symptoms and seek medical checks, it is already too late for effective contact tracing.

“If the process of tracking down the source of transmissions and all those who have come into contact with a Covid-19 patient begins only after the latter is found positive, it will not be possible to deal with the outbreak thoroughly,” Khanh said.

HCMC is facing its most challenging disease outbreak ever.

Last Sunday, the southern metropolis overtook the northern province of Bac Ninh as the locality with the second highest number of local infections in the new wave. Its case count hit 2,074 Wednesday night.

The city is going through its fourth week of social distancing restrictions, which started May 31.

Source: https://e.vnexpress.net/news/news/transmission-sources-unknown-for-many-hcmc-covid-19-patients-4297085.html

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