Vietnamese Ministry of Health authorities reported on Monday at 12pm that the country has recorded 33 new local Covid-19 cases. The new cases include 28 cases in Bac Giang, four in Hai Duong and one in Da Nang.
With the new patients added, Vietnam has recorded 2,254 local Covid-19 cases in 30 cities and provinces since the country’s fourth wave started on April 27.
Officials also announced the country’s 43rd coronavirus death Monday morning, bringing the fatality tally in Vietnam's fourth Covid-19 wave to eight.
According to the Ministry of Health the deceased patient is a 50-year-old man who had cirrhosis after being an alcoholic for years. The patient had a high fever, shivers and digestive problems in mid-April and was later found infected with the multi-drug resistant Ochrobactrum anthropi bacteria. The patient was treated with antibiotics, but his condition did not improve.
The newest cases in Bac Giang are associated with existing outbreaks at the province's Quang Chau, Van Trung and Dinh Tram industrial parks.
All the cases in Hai Duong had made contact with confirmed coronavirus cases.
The case in Da Nang is associated with a local bar that authorities have said is a coronavirus hotspot.
Among the infected localities, six provinces have gone 14 days without any new cases. They are Yen Bai and Quang Ninh in the north, Quang Ngai, Quang Nam and Nghe An in the central region and Dong Nai in the south.
Bac Giang has continued to have the highest infections so far, with 980 cases, followed by its neighbor Bac Ninh with 474.
Health authorities remain cautiously optimistic that the fourth wave has hit its peak and they are expecting new cases to diminish within the next 7 ~ 10 days.
Officials also said that they are preparing for “worst case” scenarios that see the number of infections continue to rise and they say they are in constant communications with health officials across the country and in the regions that have been most heavily infected to monitor the ongoing situation.