The Ministry of Health announced more than 6,000 domestic COVID-19 cases in Vietnam on Thursday, including over 4,000 locally-infected patients in Ho Chi Minh City.
Thirty-six provinces and cities logged 6,164 local infections while another 30 were imported from abroad, the health ministry said.
A total of 1,000 cases were found in the community whereas the remainder were detected in centralized quarantine facilities or isolated areas.
Ho Chi Minh City recorded 4,218 of the latest domestic cases, Binh Duong Province 679, Long An Province 432, Dong Nai Province 210, and Dong Thap Province 117.
Today’s locally-acquired infection rise is the biggest so far, after a record was set at 5,887 cases on July 18.
Since the fourth COVID-19 wave began in Vietnam on April 27, Vietnam has documented 70,672 domestic cases in 61 out of 63 provinces and cities.
Ho Chi Minh City sits atop the table with 45,561 patients, followed by Bac Giang Province with 5,733, Binh Duong Province with 5,368, Bac Ninh Province with 1,709, and Dong Thap Province with 1,665, and Dong Nai Province with 1,525.
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 1,450 recoveries on Thursday, bringing the total to 13,421 recovered patients. The death toll remains at 370.
The nation has overall recorded 72,242 domestic and 2,129 imported cases since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it on January 23, 2020.
Nearly 4.4 million vaccine shots have been administered to medical workers, teachers, factory workers, and other frontline staff since Vietnam rolled out inoculation on March 8.
About 325,000 people have been fully vaccinated.
Vietnam has received roughly 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.