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Vietnam records nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases, over 2,200 in Ho Chi Minh City

Vietnam records nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases, over 2,200 in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, 20:51 GMT+7
Vietnam records nearly 3,000 coronavirus cases, over 2,200 in Ho Chi Minh City
Medical workers take nasal swabs from people for COVID-19 tests in Phu Nhuan District, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health announced almost 3,000 coronavirus cases in Vietnam on Wednesday, smashing the record of nearly 2,400 patients set two days earlier.

The ministry documented a total of 2,934 cases, 10 of which were imported infections registered in Binh Dinh Province, Thanh Hoa Province, Quang Nam Province, and Hanoi.

Thirty-three provinces and cities reported 2,924 locally-infected patients, including 2,229 in Ho Chi Minh City, 133 in Dong Thap Province, 118 in Dong Nai Province, 115 in Tien Giang Province, and 73 in Binh Duong Province.

The health ministry noted 2,509 of the domestic transmissions were found in centralized quarantine centers or locked-down areas.

The new cases smashed the record of 2,383 patients set on Monday.

Vietnam has combated a new outbreak since April 27 after more than one year of success in stalling the virus.

The Ministry of Health has logged 33,909 local infections in 58 out of 63 provinces and cities ever since.

Ho Chi Minh City is on top with 18,802 cases, followed by Bac Giang Province with 5,726 patients, Binh Duong Province with 1,887, Bac Ninh Province with 1,672, and Dong Thap Province with 782.

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 Southeast Asian country has detected 37,434 cumulative infections since the virus first struck it early last year, according to the health ministry’s data.

Recoveries have increased to 9,624, including 71 announced on Wednesday, whereas today’s six fatalities have taken the toll to 138.

The country has administered over four million vaccine doses to medical workers, teachers, factory workers, and other frontline staff since it rolled out inoculation on March 8.

Nearly 284,000 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.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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