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Illustrative photo. (Source: VNA)

Ho Chi Minh City remained the country’s largest hotspot detecting 1,739 cases, followed by its southern neighbouring province of Binh Duong with 657 cases.

They also included 85 in Dong Nai, 65 in Tien Giang, 39 in Vinh Long, 38 in Khanh Hoa, 35 in Ben Tre, 18 in Ba Ria-Vung Tau, 16 in Can Tho, 13 in Dak Lak, 12 each in Kien Giang and Binh Phuoc, nine in Hau Giang, eight in Long An, six in Ha Giang, five in Phu Yen, four each in Dak Nong and Hanoi, three in Quang Ngai, two each in Binh Dinh, Nghe An and Lam Dong, and one in Gia Lai.

The number of cases reported since the fourth coronavirus wave hit the country late April reached 61,940, 8,669 of whom have been given the all-clear. The total recoveries stood at 11,443.

A total of 123 patients with severe COVID-19 are being treated in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Eighteen are in critical conditions and receiving ECMO support.

On July 20, 26,355 more people received COVID-19 vaccine shots, bringing the total doses administered in the country to over 4.33 million. A total of 317,672 people have been fully vaccinated with two jabs.

In HCM City, a new centre designated for COVID-19 treatment has been put into operation at 175 Military Hospital, offering 200 beds. Thu Duc City’s medical centre has started instructing local people to conduct coronavirus self-tests on a trial basis.

The southern province of Dong Nai is piloting a self-quarantine scheme for close contacts with COVID-19 patients, or F1 cases, in the cities of Bien Hoa and Long Khanh and the districts of Vinh Cuu and Trang Bom until August 23./.

CPV (Source: VNA)