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Latest Covid-19 wave spreads to 43 localities

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HCMC – The Ministry of Health confirmed 100 more Covid-19 cases this afternoon, June 22, with the Mekong Delta province of Vinh Long recording the first patient in the latest outbreak since April 27, making it the 43rd locality in the country to be hit by Covid-19.

Of the new cases, HCMC accounted for the most with 39 cases, while Binh Duong confirmed 33 cases.

Bac Giang, the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, had 10 cases, followed by Tien Giang with five, Danang with four, Ha Tinh with two, and Bac Ninh, Vinh Long, Long An and Dong Nai with one each.

Up to 89 cases were detected at quarantine centers and in areas under lockdown.

The ministry also reported five imported cases, including three in Vinh Long and one each in Ca Mau and An Giang.

According to the treatment subcommittee under the national steering committee for Covid-19 infection prevention and control, 185 Covid-19 patients are in critical condition, including 13 who have been put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machines.

Meanwhile, 120 others are in need of oxygen, 35 must use invasive positive pressure ventilators and 17 need high-flow nasal cannula oxygen.

Professor Dr Nguyen Gia Binh, head of the consultation group on the treatment of critical Covid-19 patients, said Covid-19 treatment facilities should keep a close watch on the patients with 20 breaths per minute and early use blood thinners for them.

Up to date, more than 7,000 Covid-19 patients are being treated. Bac Giang accounts for the most, at nearly 1,400.

In HCMC, nearly 2,000 Covid-19 patients are under treatment in six medical facilities, including 660 cases who have tested negative for Covid-19 once to three times.

In another development, the Danang Police Department has filed charges against Nguyen Quang Trong, director of the Amida beauty salon, which used to be a pandemic hotspot in the city, for allegedly violating the Covid-19 prevention and control regulations.

He is under house arrest.

On May 2, more than 30 people participated in an event at the beauty salon, while the city had earlier banned large gatherings. All participants initially wore face masks, but Trong asked them to take off the masks.

As a result, 65 people linked to the Amida beauty salon were infected with the coronavirus and the State must spend more than VND7.1 billion on the tracing, quarantine and treatment work.

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