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Vietnam's COVID-19 caseload tops 241,000 cases

Vietnam's COVID-19 caseload tops 241,000 cases

Thursday, August 12, 2021, 16:24 GMT+7
Vietnam's COVID-19 caseload tops 241,000 cases
Volunteers are seen moving crates of food intended for health workers at the COVID-19 Resuscitation Hospital in Thu Duc City under Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on August 8, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

More than 241,000 coronavirus infections have been documented in Vietnam so far while the numbers of people getting the first and second COVID-19 shots have reached some 11 million and one million, respectively, health authorities reported.

With 4,642 new coronavirus cases documented on Thursday morning, Vietnam has registered 241,543 infections, including 2,384 imported and 239,159 domestic cases, since early 2020, when the pandemic hit the country, the Ministry of Health confirmed.

By far, the number of COVID-19 recoveries has reached 85,154 and the death toll has amounted to 4,487, said the ministry.

Out of the latest infections, 2,318, or nearly 50 percent, were detected in Ho Chi Minh City, which has recently become the largest hotspot of COVID-19 in Vietnam, with 135,224 cases recorded as of Thursday morning, including 3,582 deaths.

Binh Duong has been the country’s second-largest coronavirus epicenter, with 34,648 patients including 242 deaths.

Since the pandemic’s fourth wave kicked off late April in Vietnam, the country has registered 237,589 cases, or as much as 99.3 percent of the total count.

The Southeast Asian nation is speeding up coronavirus inoculation to reach herd immunity, as 11,006,121 people have received the first shot and 1,092,700 have got two full doses, the health ministry said.  

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

It 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.

But local sources said the country had got only 18 million doses from different sources, including COVAX Facility, contractual purchases, and donations.

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Vinh Tho / Tuoi Tre News

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