Vietnam registered a total of 5,887 coronavirus infections this Sunday, a figure that quadrupled in a single day the 1,465 cases detected throughout the year 2020.
The authorities tightened restrictions in 19 provinces since Monday after a new record for daily infections on the last night.
The increase in cases was reflected in mortality, with 254 deceased Since the beginning of the pandemic over a total of more than 43,000 infected, when on May 15 only 35 people had died from coronavirus.
The epicenter of this wave of Covid-19, the worst that the country has suffered, is Ho Chi Minh (former Saigon), the most populous city in the country with 13 million inhabitants in its metropolitan area, where authorities counted 4,692 cases on Sunday night, most of them in patients who were already isolated in quarantine centers for having been in contact with positives.
Vietnam suffers its worst coronavirus outbreak since the start of the pandemic. Photo Thanh Hue / Reuters
The inhabitants of the city live their tougher confinement since last July 9 and they can only leave home for essential activities, while most businesses remain closed and thousands of workers in industrial zones they are sleeping in the factories in order to maintain production.
Hanoi’s communist regime acknowledged in a statement Saturday that the current regrowth is getting complicated and announced movement restrictions from Monday in 16 southern provinces of the country as well as the deployment of 10,000 health workers.
Vietnam had managed to contain the pandemic throughout 2020 and the beginning of this year with its policy of closing borders to tourism, exhaustive tracking and isolation of positive cases and their contacts, but the irruption of the Delta variant, more contagious, it seems to overwhelm the health authorities.
The Delta variant is wreaking havoc in Vietnam, where there is a low level of vaccination. Photo Nhac Nguyen / AFP
Some experts maintain that the outbreak of cases since last April is due to the fact that a large part of the population had some immunity against the first versions of the coronavirus, but not against this new variant, which is wreaking havoc throughout Southeast Asia.
The virulence of this new wave has forced the government to accelerate the rate of vaccination, one of the lowest in Asia, with just 300,000 people vaccinated with the complete guideline on a population of more than 97 million inhabitants.
Vietnam received 9 million doses so far from different companies, while the vaccine produced by a local company passed its third phase of tests and its mass production is expected to begin from September.
With information from EFE