Wed, 01 Dec 2021

HANOI, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 3,461 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, including 3,458 locally transmitted and three imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 1,162 in Ho Chi Minh City, 501 in Dong Nai province and 486 in Binh Duong province.

The new infections brought the country's total tally to 849,691, with 20,869 deaths, the ministry said.

Nationwide, as many as 787,286 patients have so far recovered, while over 56.3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccines have been administered, according to the ministry.

As of Wednesday, Vietnam has registered a total of 845,050 locally transmitted cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said.

According to local media, the Vietnamese government on Tuesday night released a circular, asking localities nationwide to apply COVID-19 response measures based on four levels of COVID-19 risks, which are determined by indicators such as the number of new infections, inoculation rate and treatment capacity.

The measures replaced the previous stringent rules under Vietnamese Prime Minister's Directive 15 and Directive 16, and are applicable to activities including indoor and outdoor gatherings, transportation, production, face-to-face learning, tourism and sports.

Localities have also been allowed to adopt additional measures provided that they will not constitute a hindrance to the movement of goods, production and business activities and mobility of people, local media reported.

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