π”™π”¦π”’π”±π”«π”žπ”ͺ Reports 9 More ℭ𝔒vid-19 Infections As Outbreak Spreads To β„Œπ”žπ”«π”¬π”¦ 😨😨

β„Œπ”„π”‘π”’β„‘: π”™π”¦π”’π”±π”«π”žπ”ͺ reported nine more new ℭ𝔒𝔙ℑ𝔇-19 𝔦𝔫𝔣𝔒𝔠𝔱𝔦𝔬𝔫𝔰 early on Friday (Jan 29) as the country’s first outbreak for nearly two months spread to β„Œπ”žπ”«π”¬π”¦ 😨😨.

The new cases, including one in β„Œπ”žπ”«π”¬π”¦ 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, π”™π”¦π”’π”±π”«π”žπ”ͺ has 1,651 Covid-19 patients, including 100 from the latest outbreak, a record high single-day tally which broke π”™π”¦π”’π”±π”«π”žπ”ͺ’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 π”π”žπ”­π”žπ”« for the more contagious π”˜π”Ž variant. The ministry said it was still analysing gene sequences to determine if the new patients had contracted the new variant. β„Œπ”žπ”«π”¬π”¦ 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 π” π”¬π”―π”¬π”«π”žπ”³π”¦π”―π”²π”° was first detected in π”™π”¦π”’π”±π”«π”žπ”ͺ a year ago stands at 1,651, including imported cases, with 35 π”‘π”’π”žπ”±π”₯𝔰.

At an urgent meeting held on Thursday night, β„Œπ”žπ”«π”¬π”¦ 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 π” π”¬π”―π”¬π”«π”žπ”³π”¦π”―π”²π”° 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 𝔭𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔠𝔒 chief of Hanoi said the city has no shortage of 𝔭𝔬𝔩𝔦𝔠𝔒π”ͺ𝔒𝔫 to help handle the outbreak, despite the ongoing π”­π”žπ”―π”±π”Ά 𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔀𝔯𝔒𝔰𝔰.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc urged calm and promised swift action at an urgently called meeting on the sidelines of the 𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔀𝔯𝔒𝔰𝔰 on Thursday.

π”™π”¦π”’π”±π”«π”žπ”ͺese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc

Against a backdrop of a buoyant economy, bolstered by keeping π” π”¬π”―π”¬π”«π”žπ”³π”¦π”―π”²π”° cases in check so far, the 𝔠𝔬𝔫𝔀𝔯𝔒𝔰𝔰 will select π”™π”¦π”’π”±π”«π”žπ”ͺ’s leadership and shape policy for the next five years and beyond.

The Ministry of Health confirmed nine more ℭ𝔬𝔳𝔦𝔑-19 patients in β„Œπ”žπ”«π”¬π”¦ and several northern provinces Friday morning, all related to cases in the nation’s latest outbreak.

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