ℌ𝔄𝔑𝔒ℑ: 𝔙𝔦𝔢𝔱𝔫𝔞𝔪 reported nine more new ℭ𝔒𝔙ℑ𝔇-19 𝔦𝔫𝔣𝔢𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫𝔰 early on Friday (Jan 29) as the country’s first outbreak for nearly two months spread to ℌ𝔞𝔫𝔬𝔦 😨😨.
The new cases, including one in ℌ𝔞𝔫𝔬𝔦 and eight in the nearby Haiphong, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh and Bac Ninh provinces, brought the total number of cases in the outbreak that began on Thursday to 93, the Ministry of Health said.
With the latest confirmations, 𝔙𝔦𝔢𝔱𝔫𝔞𝔪 has 1,651 Covid-19 patients, including 100 from the latest outbreak, a record high single-day tally which broke 𝔙𝔦𝔢𝔱𝔫𝔞𝔪’s streak of nearly two months without a community transmission.
One of the first two cases recorded on Thursday was exposed to an individual who had tested positive in 𝔍𝔞𝔭𝔞𝔫 for the more contagious 𝔘𝔎 variant. The ministry said it was still analysing gene sequences to determine if the new patients had contracted the new variant. ℌ𝔞𝔫𝔬𝔦 has detected one patient, who is linked to “patient 1553,” a 31-year-old employee of the Van Don International Airport in Quang Ninh Province who was confirmed infected Thursday morning, along with 83 others, the first locally transmitted cases in the country for 55 days and the biggest single-day outbreak so far.
The total number of cases recorded since the 𝔠𝔬𝔯𝔬𝔫𝔞𝔳𝔦𝔯𝔲𝔰 was first detected in 𝔙𝔦𝔢𝔱𝔫𝔞𝔪 a year ago stands at 1,651, including imported cases, with 35 𝔡𝔢𝔞𝔱𝔥𝔰.
At an urgent meeting held on Thursday night, ℌ𝔞𝔫𝔬𝔦 authorities said they were ramping up tracking and testing capabilities, adding that the city can conduct 10,000 tests a day. State television quoted the 𝔠𝔬𝔯𝔬𝔫𝔞𝔳𝔦𝔯𝔲𝔰 task force chief as saying preparations should be made for a scenario of up to 30,000 ℭ𝔒VID-19 cases.
The Ministry of Health has proposed halting international flights and banning large gatherings ahead of the Lunar New year holiday season, just two weeks away. The government late on Thursday said it will build three field hospitals in Hai Duong province, without giving their sizes.
Hai Duong is now the biggest hotspot with 84 cases, followed by Quang Ninh with 13 cases, and one each in Hanoi, Bac Ninh and Hai Phong.
Chi Linh Town (Hai Duong) with around 220,000 residents has been placed under a lockdown while other parts of Hai Duong have applied social distancing measures at different levels depending on the seriousness of the situation.
State media on Friday reported a deputy 𝔭𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔠𝔢 chief of Hanoi said the city has no shortage of 𝔭𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔠𝔢𝔪𝔢𝔫 to help handle the outbreak, despite the ongoing 𝔭𝔞𝔯𝔱𝔶 𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰.
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged calm and promised swift action at an urgently called meeting on the sidelines of the 𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰 on Thursday.
𝔙𝔦𝔢𝔱𝔫𝔞𝔪ese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Against a backdrop of a buoyant economy, bolstered by keeping 𝔠𝔬𝔯𝔬𝔫𝔞𝔳𝔦𝔯𝔲𝔰 cases in check so far, the 𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔤𝔯𝔢𝔰𝔰 will select 𝔙𝔦𝔢𝔱𝔫𝔞𝔪’s leadership and shape policy for the next five years and beyond.
The Ministry of Health confirmed nine more ℭ𝔬𝔳𝔦𝔡-19 patients in ℌ𝔞𝔫𝔬𝔦 and several northern provinces Friday morning, all related to cases in the nation’s latest outbreak.