The Ministry of Health confirmed an all-time high of 444 domestic coronavirus infections in Vietnam on Tuesday, the vast majority recorded in a northern province home to industrial parks.
This number broke the daily record set on May 16, when 187 domestic cases were reported, according to the health ministry’s data.
Bac Giang Province, situated in northern Vietnam, registered 375 of the latest cases, most found at or linked to industrial parks.
Twenty-eight infections were registered in Bac Ninh Province, which borders Bac Giang. Both provinces are industrial park hubs.
Hanoi logged 13 patients while Ho Chi Minh City detected one.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long said on Tuesday that 50,000 people in Bac Giang are at “very high risk of infection.”
The health ministry forecast that 3,000 people would be infected with the virus in Bac Giang, calling on the entire nation to help it and Bac Ninh fight the pathogen.
“Quelling the virus here [in Bac Giang and Bac Ninh] means quelling it nationwide,” Minister Long said.
Vietnam has battled the COVID-19 pathogen’s re-emergence since April 27, with 2,793 community transmissions having been reported in 30 out of 63 provinces and cities.
Bac Giang has recorded 1,399 cases in this fourth wave, followed by Bac Ninh with 533 patients, Hanoi with 328, Da Nang with 154, and Vinh Phuc Province with 89.
Only eight patients have been confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City in this bout.
Vietnam has detected 5,851 cumulative COVID-19 cases, including 4,362 domestic infections, since the virus emerged in the country on January 23, 2020, according to Ministry of Health statistics.
Forty-four patients have died, most having suffered critical pre-existing health problems.
Vietnam has fought four virus waves so far, the latest being the worst.
The nation confirmed 106 community cases in the first wave from January 23 to April 16, 2020, 554 in the second from July 25 to December 1, 2020, and 910 in the third from January 28 to March 25, 2021.