Vietnam: Call for positive rapid tests to be “recognized” – Recorded cases may be 40% less

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Alarm has sounded at Vietnam. Authorities in the country’s largest city, Ho Chi Minh City, are urging the government to recognize positive rapid coronavirus tests so that there is a clearer picture of the situation in relation to the pandemic.

As the state media reported on Monday (27/9) and the Athenian News Agency broadcasts the recognition of rapid tests is considered likely to increase the number of cases in the city by 40%.

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Ho Chi Minh, with a population of about nine million, has paid the heaviest price in the health crisis in Vietnam, where it accounts for more than 80% of the 18,500 deaths from COVID-19 and half of the 756,000 cases.

The positive rapid tests of 150,000 people in the city since August 20 have not been included in the overall report, the Tuoi Tre newspaper wrote, citing the city’s health authorities.

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In Vietnam, only the results of molecular tests are recorded

Like many countries, Vietnam records only the results of molecular tests for coronavirus and in the city of Ho Chi Minh has recorded a total of 372,180 cases.

If another 150,000 cases are confirmed as positive, this will reduce the mortality rate from about 3.8% to 2.75%.

The city of Ho Chi Minh City is expected to relax the restrictive measures and allow the opening of some businesses from next Friday to revive the economy after long periods of closure.

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