Vietnam sees record coronavirus cases as curbs tighten

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Vietnam introduced in tighter coronavirus measures on Friday in additional areas together with the industrial hub of Ho Chi Minh City, as authorities reported one other each day record in new infections.

After efficiently containing the virus for a lot of the pandemic, Vietnam has since late April confronted a extra cussed outbreak that has prompted requires the federal government to speed up inoculations.

The well being ministry reported 1,625 new infections on Friday, the fifth straight day of greater than 1,000 cases. Vietnam has recorded 26,010 infections total and 110 deaths.

Three-quarters of these have been within the epicentre Ho Chi Minh City, which on Friday started 15 days of broad motion restrictions. This week, panic shopping for broke out within the metropolis and the neighbouring province of Dong Nai as individuals stocked up forward of the curbs.

Television footage on Friday confirmed empty streets and police stopping automobiles at checkpoints. Authorities on Friday set a goal to vaccinate 50% of individuals aged 18 or older by the top of the yr and 70% by the top of March.

“Vaccination against COVID-19 is a necessary and important measure to contain the disease and ensure socio-economic development,” the well being ministry stated in an announcement. The authorities had beforehand stated it aimed to vaccinate 70% to 75% of the nation’s 98 million inhabitants by the top of this yr or early subsequent yr.

The ministry stated it has clinched offers and commitments for 105 million vaccine doses, decrease than the 150 million said beforehand. Online newspaper VnExpress reported the ministry had licensed a neighborhood firm to import 5 million doses of China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

Vietnam has thus far obtained round 6 million vaccine doses, largely beneath the worldwide COVAX sharing facility. About
250,000 individuals have been totally vaccinated.

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