COVID-19: National infections total 1,482, with 1,337 recoveries

VOV.VN - Vietnam’s overall number of COVID-19 infection rose to 1,482 after a further eight new imported cases were confirmed, the Ministry of Health said on January 2.

All of the newly detected patients are Vietnamese citizens who returned home from Germany, Taiwan (China), France and Malaysia and have been put in quarantine upon their arrival.

According to the subcommittee for treatment, 12 patients were declared free from the virus the same day, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,337.

There were 35 fatalities relating to COVID-19, with most of them being elderly people with serious underlying health issues.

Among the patients receiving treatment across the nation, nine have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2 virus once, six twice and seven thrice.

More than 18,370 people are still under quarantined across the nation, with 155 at hospitals, and the remainder at concentrated quarantine facilities and at home.

It is worth noting that the country has confirmed its first imported case of a new variant of the novel coronavirus, which came from the UK.

In the face of the increasingly complicated developments of the pandemic, the Ministry of Health has strongly recommended the implementation of pandemic prevention and control measures from now to the upcoming Lunar New Year Festival, especially in immigration control.

As the new variant spreads rapidly, stricter control of both illegal and legal entries is needed, it said.

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