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Ho Chi Minh City records all-time daily high of 166 local coronavirus infections

Ho Chi Minh City records all-time daily high of 166 local coronavirus infections

Monday, June 21, 2021, 21:25 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City records all-time daily high of 166 local coronavirus infections
A photojournalist covers health workers at a COVID-19 treatment hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Hoang Loc / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City reported on Monday 166 domestic coronavirus cases, the highest single-day count ever since the virus first hit Vietnam early last year.

The southern city’s daily infections have stayed over 100 cases for five days, according to statistics by the Ho Chi Minh City Center for Disease Control (HCDC).

The HCDC logged 137 patients on June 17, 149 on June 18, 135 on June 19, and 137 on June 20.

Ho Chi Minh City has thus detected 1,784 domestically-transmitted infections since the fourth and worst virus wave erupted in Vietnam on April 27.  

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health confirmed 267 community cases nationwide on Monday, taking the nation’s cumulative caseload to 13,483 patients, including 11,780 domestic infections and 1,703 imported ones.

In this fourth wave alone, the ministry has registered 10,211 patients in 42 out of 63 provinces and cities.

Bac Giang is taking the lead with 5,457 patients, followed by Ho Chi Minh City with 1,784 and Bac Ninh Province with 1,538.

By comparison, Vietnam 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. 

Today’s 224 recoveries have taken the total to 5,453, whereas 69 patients have died, most having suffered serious pre-existing medical conditions.

Vietnam has administered 2,422,643 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to medical staff, factory workers, and other frontline workers since it rolled out inoculation on March 8, according to the health ministry’s data.

A two-jab course has been given to 121,683 people.

Vietnam set a target of securing 150 million vaccine doses and vaccinating two-thirds of its population of about 98 million people this year.

The Southeast Asian nation has received nearly four million AstraZeneca shots from the COVAX scheme, direct purchase via a local company, and Japan, in addition to 2,000 Sputnik V jabs donated by Russia and 500,000 Sinopharm doses gifted by China in the year to date.

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