Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded on Thursday 30 domestic coronavirus infections in Ho Chi Minh City, most associated with a religious mission.
The health ministry announced 231 local cases in its evening update, including 228 detected in quarantine or sealed-off areas.
Bac Giang reported 145 of the new cases, Bac Ninh 44, and Ho Chi Minh City 30.
Twenty-eight of the infections in Ho Chi Minh City were traced to Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Christian congregation based in Go Vap District, which is largely isolated now, whereas contact tracing for the remaining two cases is underway.
Vietnam has logged over 200 patients daily for ten days in a row, according to the Ministry of Health’s data.
The Southeast Asian nation has documented 4,956 domestically-transmitted cases in 37 out of 63 provinces and cities since the fourth wave erupted in the country on April 27.
Bac Giang is taking the lead with 2,678 cases, followed by Bac Ninh with 951, Hanoi with 428, Ho Chi Minh City with 288, and Da Nang with 158.
The overwhelming majority of the transmissions in Ho Chi Minh City were linked to the Revival Ekklesia Mission.
Thirteen of the provinces and cities have registered zero additional patients in the past two weeks.
Vietnam’s cumulative caseload has reached 8,063 patients as of Thursday night, including 6,525 domestic and 1,538 imported cases, according to the health ministry’s statistics.
A total of 3,085 patients have recovered from COVID-19 while 49 have died with many underlying medical conditions.
Vietnam has fought four virus rounds as yet, 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.
The government has administered 1,110,111 vaccine shots to medical staff and other frontline workers since it rolled out mass vaccination on March 8.
A full two-dose course has been prescribed to 31,177 people in Vietnam.