Vietnam reports 18 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases

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HANOI, Feb. 17 (Xinhua) — Vietnam recorded 18 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, which were all locally transmitted cases, bringing its total tally to 2,329, according to its Ministry of Health.

All the new infections were detected in the northern Hai Duong province, the country’s largest COVID-19 hotspot at the moment. They were all in contact with previously confirmed patients and have been placed under quarantine for days.

As many as 1,580 patients have been given the all-clear, the ministry said, adding that over 145,900 people are being quarantined and monitored.

Given the complex development of the coronavirus epidemic in Hai Duong, the health ministry has mobilized more experts and advanced equipment to accelerate the local testing activities.

Meanwhile, around 40 localities across the Southeast Asian country including the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, the southern Ho Chi Minh City and the northern Hai Phong city have allowed students to stay home from schools and attend online classes as a COVID-19 precaution.

The latest wave of COVID-19 infections hit Vietnam on Jan. 28, with 737 community cases so far confirmed in 13 cities and provinces, according to the health ministry. Enditem

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