Vietnam confirmed six new COVID-19 cases on Friday, including four local infections and two imported cases, raising the national patient tally to 2,426.
The four domestic infections were detected in the now COVID-19 epicenter of northern Hai Duong Province, while the two imported cases were documented in the southern provinces of Tay Ninh and Dong Thap.
The same day, 35 patients were declared free of the virus, taking the total recoveries to 1,839.
Vietnam had gone nearly two months logging zero domestic cases before it detected the first one on January 27 and confirmed it one day later, according to the health ministry’s data.
A total of 831 community-based cases have been confirmed in 13 provinces and cities since then, making it the most serious wave to have struck Vietnam after the first-ever COVID-19 patient was announced in the country on January 23, 2020.
In this latest wave, 643 cases were recorded in Hai Duong, 61 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, four in Hai Phong, and two in Hung Yen Province.
Noticeably, zero new case has been reported over the past 14 days in Hoa Binh, Dien Bien, Ha Giang, Binh Duong, Hung Yen, Bac Giang, Gia Lai, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, and Ho Chi Minh City.
There have been 35 virus-related fatalities since January 23, 2020, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.
The dead had suffered from comorbid medical problems, including 31 in Da Nang, three in Quang Nam Province, and one in Quang Tri Province.
Nearly 76,500 people who had contact with infected patients or made an entry from virus-plagued places are being quarantined in the country.
The government is considering COVID-19 vaccine purchase as a foremost priority.
In its resolution issued Friday, the government expects to have 150 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines this year, according to the Vietnam Government Portal.
Front liners, including healthcare workers will be among the first vaccinated against COVID-19.