Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded only one domestic COVID-19 case on Sunday, a day before the nation starts mass inoculation with AstraZeneca.
The latest local infection was registered in Hai Duong Province, which is the country’s current epicenter.
The patient had been exposed to an infection and been quarantined since February 25.
The health ministry also logged four imported cases the same day, including two in Bac Ninh Province in the north and two in Kien Giang Province in the south.
Vietnam had gone nearly two months without any domestic COVID-19 cases before it found the first one on January 27 and confirmed it one day later, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.
A total of 892 local cases have been announced 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.
Hai Duong alone accounts for 708 cases, while Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City have confirmed 35 and 36 patients, respectively.
The southern city has recorded zero new local cases for 24 days.
Vietnam has recorded 2,512 coronavirus cases as of Sunday night, including 1,585 local infections and 35 virus-related fatalities, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.
A total of 1,920 patients have recovered from the respiratory disease.
The dead had suffered from comorbid medical problems, including 31 in Da Nang, three in Quang Nam Province, and one in Quang Tri Province.
Vietnam will start vaccinating people in the said provinces and cities as well as other priority groups, including frontline workers, diplomats, military and police officers, and teachers on Monday.
The country currently has 117,600 AstraZeneca vaccine doses it received on February 24.
Vietnam aims to obtain 90 million COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of the year, including 30 million through the COVAX scheme co-led by WHO, 30 million through AstraZeneca, and the rest through negotiations with U.S. producers.