Ho Chi Minh City reported nearly 1,800 local coronavirus infections on Tuesday, which continues to place the city on top of Vietnam’s caseload.
City health workers detected 1,797 locally-infected patients, including 1,684 in centralized quarantine centers or isolated areas and 113 in the community, the municipal Center for Disease Control said in a report.
The city has logged 16,573 domestic cases since a new outbreak struck Vietnam on April 27.
Vietnam has confirmed 30,985 domestically-transmitted infections, including 2,296 on Tuesday, in 58 out of 63 provinces and cities ever since, according to the Ministry of Health.
Ho Chi Minh City is on top, followed by Bac Giang Province with 5,723 patients, Binh Duong Province with 1,814, Bac Ninh Province with 1,669, and Dong Thap Province with 649.
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.
The nation has registered an accumulation of 34,500 infections since the pathogen first hit it early last year, according to the health ministry’s data.
Recoveries have climbed to 9,553, including 222 announced on Tuesday, whereas today’s seven deaths have taken the toll to 132.
The country has administered 4,063,872 vaccine doses to medical workers, teachers, factory workers, and other frontline staff since it rolled out inoculation on March 8.
A total of 280,367 people have been fully vaccinated.
The government set a target of immunizing two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.
The health ministry on Tuesday decided to shorten mandatory quarantine time for international arrivals and infected patients’ close contacts to 14 days from the current three weeks.