Two new COVID-19 cases raise national count to 2,526, with 2,004 recoveries

by VOV09 March 2021 Last updated at 20:00 PM

VTV.vn - The country reported a further two new COVID-19 cases on March 9, increasing the overall number of infections nationwide to 2,526, while a total of 2,004 patients have gone on to make a full recovery from the virus.

Among the new cases, one was found in Hai Duong, the nation’s current biggest COVID-19 epicenter, and the other was imported into Tien Giang province.

The total figure includes 1,587 domestically-transmitted cases and 939 imported cases which were immediately put into isolation upon arrival.

Hai Duong remains the locality with the highest number of local infections with 710 cases since the reoccurrence of outbreaks in the country on January 27.

The same day, an additional 84 coronavirus patients were declared free from the virus, elevating the total recoveries to 2,004.

Moving forward, Hanoi is poised to conduct mass community testing in places where foreigners live and gather as it seeks to prevent any potential community transmission caused by imported cases.

The Department of Health said the tests will start on March 11 with the aim of identifying all cases of infection as swiftly as possible, especially those whose source of transmission is unknown.

Individuals who will be tested include people living and working in areas that are at high risk of infection, including factories and industrial parks which host foreigners, workers at eateries that tend to serve foreign customers, and travelers chosen randomly at major transport hubs throughout the city.

Testing procedures will be carried out in two phases from March 11 to March 12 and from March 15 to March 19.

With the pandemic situation currently under control, many provinces and cities nationwide, including Hanoi, Hai Phong, Ho Chi Minh City, and Quang Ninh, have resumed tourism activities.

Relic sites and tourist attractions in the capital reopened on March 8 with safety precautions put in place after being temporarily closed to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At present, Hanoi has gone over three weeks without recording any cases of local infection, while 13 cities and provinces have registered a total of 894 community cases during the latest COVID-19 wave that hit the nation in late January


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