Wed, 16 Jun 2021

HANOI, May 5 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 26 new cases of COVID-19 infection on Wednesday, including 18 locally transmitted and eight imported, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 3,022, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

Among the community cases, 14 were reported in a hospital designated for COVID-19 treatment in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, with the transmission source currently unknown.

The other community cases, including one each reported in Hanoi, the northern Hai Duong province, the central Quang Nam province and the southern Dong Nai province, are all contacts of previously confirmed patients.

The imported cases are all Vietnamese citizens who recently entered the country from abroad and were quarantined upon arrival, said the ministry.

As many as 2,560 patients have been given the all-clear as of Wednesday, the ministry said, adding that over 40,700 people are being quarantined and monitored.

At a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Vietnam's Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said a longer mandatory concentrated quarantine of 21 days will be required for travelers from overseas and contacts of confirmed COVID-19 patients, an extension from the 14-day quarantine previously applied.

The move came after people who had completed the 14-day period tested positive shortly after leaving quarantine facilities.

As of 6 p.m. Wednesday, Vietnam had recorded a total of 1,626 domestically transmitted infections of COVID-19, including 56 logged since the latest outbreak that began on April 29, according to the Ministry of Health.

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