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Vietnam confirms more than 8,600 new local coronavirus cases

Vietnam confirms more than 8,600 new local coronavirus cases

Monday, August 16, 2021, 20:11 GMT+7
Vietnam confirms more than 8,600 new local coronavirus cases
People wait to get COVID-19 vaccine shots in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health recorded over 8,600 new domestic coronavirus infections in Vietnam on Monday, including more than 3,300 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Forty-three provinces and cities reported 8,644 local cases whereas another eight infections were imported from abroad, the health ministry said.

The ministry had confirmed 9,574 domestically-infected patients on Sunday.

More than 2,400 of the latest local cases were found in the community while the remainder were detected in isolated areas or centralized quarantine facilities.

Ho Chi Minh City logged 3,341 of the new domestic infections, down by 1,175 cases from yesterday, Binh Duong Province 2,522, Long An Province 599, Dong Nai Province 588, Khanh Hoa Province 262, Dong Thap Province 158, Tien Giang Province 152, Vinh Long Province 131, Da Nang 96, and Hanoi 50.

Since the fourth COVID-19 wave began in Vietnam on April 27, the country has recorded 279,681 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities. The health ministry has declared 104,203 of them recovered from the respiratory disease.

Ho Chi Minh City stays atop the caseload with 152,627 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 46,501, Long An Province with 14,998, Dong Nai Province with 14,204, Bac Giang Province with 5,743, Dong Thap Province with 5,168, Khanh Hoa Province with 4,508, Tien Giang Province with 4,448, Tay Ninh Province with 3,525, Can Tho City with 2,749, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 2,587, Hanoi with 2,484, Phu Yen Province with 2,144, and Da Nang with 2,125.

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 ministry announced 4,473 recoveries on Monday, taking the total to 106,977 recovered patients.

The death toll has mounted to 6,141 after the health ministry reported 368 fatalities the same day, including 315 registered in Ho Chi Minh City and 29 in Binh Duong Province.

The Southeast Asian country has detected an accumulation of 283,696 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it on January 23, 2020.

Health workers gave 508,244 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Sunday.

Over 14.6 million vaccine shots have been administered in Vietnam since the country rolled out vaccination on March 8, with nearly 1.4 million people having been fully vaccinated.

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.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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