Ho Chi Minh City recorded a total of 88 cases of Omicron

On January 24, Ho Chi Minh City recorded 15 more cases of Omicron, bringing the total number of cases of this mutation in the city to 88, of which 5 are community cases, the rest are imported.

Nguyen Hong Tam, deputy director in charge of the city’s Center for Disease Control (HCDC), at a press conference on epidemic prevention on the afternoon of January 24, said that these 15 new infections have not been recorded by the Ministry of Health. receive. This afternoon HCDC will make a report to send to the Ministry of Health for update. All patients are in stable health, only 7 cases have mild and transient symptoms such as fatigue, low fever, chills, sore throat. Patients have an average time of being positive for the virus 6-7 days.

The heaviest case of Omicron was an 82-year-old woman, entered on January 10, with many background diseases such as terminal blood cancer and diabetes. She was transferred from the field hospital No. 12 to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, and is now stable.

With the cluster of 5 community Omicron cases, Mr. Tam said “all are related to a 41-year-old woman, who entered from the US to Nha Trang, then returned to stay in Ho Chi Minh City”. They include the first three cases, a 35-year-old person living in Binh Chanh district, a 31-year-old living in District 11, the other 48-year-old living in Go Vap, who used to eat with an imported woman. The two new cases recorded are a 25-year-old man, a cousin of Omicron’s case living in District 11. This young man has had two doses of Covid-19 vaccine, since December 28, 2021, has worked as a security guard at the woman’s house. female entry. The fifth case is a male, 29 years old, a doctor in the emergency department of a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, living in the same house with case Omicron living in District 11, who has injected 3 vaccines.

“The city has not detected any new positive cases from this cluster of community cases,” said Mr. Tam. Thus, as of the afternoon of January 24, Vietnam recorded 156 Omicron infections, at: Ho Chi Minh City 88 (including 5 community cases, 83 imported cases), Quang Nam 27, Hanoi 14, Khanh Hoa 11, Da Nang. Nang 8, Thanh Hoa and Quang Ninh 2, Hai Duong, Hai Phong, Long An, and Binh Duong are all one and are quarantined immediately on entry.

In the current context, Doctor Nguyen Van Vinh Chau (Deputy Director of Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health) recommends that people pay attention to 5K compliance, especially masks, to prevent Omicron and Delta strains. “Only people with non-5K contact are at risk of contracting the disease. 5K is an improvised solution to all strains,” said Dr. Chau, emphasizing that “Omicron can have a short incubation, easy to spread… but it does not. can pass through the mask and cannot survive after we wash our hands.”

Omicron was recognized worldwide at the end of November last year in South Africa, quickly spread around the world and dominates now in the hot spots of the US and Europe. The World Health Organization has put Omicron into a worrying strain and has a faster infection rate than previous strains. More evidence to date suggests that Omicron causes milder symptoms than the Delta strain that has been dominant throughout the past year. However, due to the rapid infection rate, experts fear that when the number of patients increases, the number of severe cases and deaths will increase, putting pressure on the health system.

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