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Vietnam adds nearly 4,800 locally-acquired coronavirus infections

Vietnam adds nearly 4,800 locally-acquired coronavirus infections

Tuesday, July 20, 2021, 20:12 GMT+7
Vietnam adds nearly 4,800 locally-acquired coronavirus infections
Medical staff collect nasal swabs from residents in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Thu Hien / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health announced almost 4,800 domestic COVID-19 cases in Vietnam on Tuesday, including over 3,300 locally-infected patients in Ho Chi Minh City.

Thirty-five provinces and cities reported 4,789 local infections while another six were imported from abroad, the health ministry said.

A total of 728 cases were found in the community whereas the remainder were detected in centralized quarantine facilities or isolated areas.

Ho Chi Minh City recorded 3,322 of the latest cases, Binh Duong Province 578, Dong Nai Province 162, Tien Giang Province 133, Dong Thap Province 66, Da Nang 61, Khanh Hoa Province 53, and Hanoi 46.  

Today’s daily case increase is the second-biggest so far, after a record was set at 5,887 domestically-transmitted infections on Sunday.

Since the fourth COVID-19 wave began in Vietnam on April 27, Vietnam has documented 59,165 domestic cases in 59 out of 63 provinces and cities.

Ho Chi Minh City sits atop the table with 37,787 patients, followed by Bac Giang Province with 5,733, Binh Duong Province with 3,725, Bac Ninh Province with 1,698, Dong Thap Province with 1,439, and Dong Nai Province with 1,145.

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 health ministry confirmed 380 recoveries on Tuesday, bringing the total to 11,443 recovered patients. The death toll remains at 334.

The nation has overall recorded 60,735 domestic and 2,085 imported cases since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it on January 23, 2020.

Over 4.3 million vaccine shots have been administered to medical workers, teachers, factory workers, and other frontline staff since Vietnam rolled out inoculation on March 8.

Nearly 310,000 people have been fully vaccinated.

Vietnam has received about 10.6 million coronavirus vaccine doses from direct purchase, the COVAX scheme, and donations as yet.

It expects to obtain 175 million shots of various vaccines, including 51 million Pfizer-BioNTech jabs, by early 2022.

The Vietnamese 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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