Eighteen new domestically-transmitted coronavirus infections were recorded in Vietnam’s hotbed, Hai Duong Province, on Thursday, bringing the province’s tally to 575 cases logged since late last month.
Fifteen of the infections had been quarantined because of their close contact with infected patients, the Ministry of Health said in a daily update.
The remainder were detected through community screening.
The health ministry announced 25 recovered patients on Thurday.
Vietnam has confirmed 2,347 COVID-19 cases as of Thursday night, with 1,605 recoveries and 35 deaths, according to the ministry’s data.
A total of 755 community-based infections have been registered in 13 provinces and cities since January 28, when Vietnam confirmed a new coronavirus wave after having gone nearly two months without detecting any local case.
Among them, 575 patients have been logged in Hai Duong Province, where extensive social distancing is in place to stall transmission.
Sixty were recorded in Quang Ninh Province, 27 in Gia Lai Province, 35 in Hanoi, five in Bac Ninh Province, two in Bac Giang Province, 36 in Ho Chi Minh City, two in Hoa Binh Province, one in Ha Giang Province, three in Dien Bien Province, six in Binh Duong Province, one in Hai Phong, and two in Hung Yen Province.
Health authorities have said the virus has been contained in all but Hai Duong.
However, they kept insisting on everyone staying vigilant against the pathogen.