Vietnam's daily COVID-19 cases hit new record with 187 infections

Most of the cases had been under quarantine before being tested positive for the virus

  
A health worker gets the coronavirus test sample of a journalist in preparation for the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, which will take place from January 25 to 28, at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi, Vietnam, January 18, 2021.

A health worker gets the coronavirus test sample of a journalist in preparation for the 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam, which will take place from January 25 to 28, at the Government Guesthouse in Hanoi, Vietnam, January 18, 2021.

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HANOI- Vietnam's daily locally transmitted coronavirus cases rose by 187 on Sunday, a record for the second time this week as many communities and districts nationwide impose lockdowns to curb the spread of the virus.

Most of the cases had been under quarantine before being tested positive for the virus, the health ministry said in a statement. Vietnam has recorded a total 4,175 cases, with 36 deaths, due largely to its strong containment record.

The country received nearly 1.7 million AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses on Sunday via the international COVAX scheme, the health ministry said.

(Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by David Clarke) ((haphuong.nguyen@thomsonreuters.com; +84-24-3852-9623;))


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