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Vietnam confirms record of 10,639 new local coronavirus cases

Vietnam confirms record of 10,639 new local coronavirus cases

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 20:54 GMT+7
Vietnam confirms record of 10,639 new local coronavirus cases
A health worker runs a temperature check on a worker in Da Nang, Vietnam. Photo: Truong Trung / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health reported a record high of over 10,600 domestic coronavirus cases in Vietnam on Thursday, alongside 5,000 recoveries and 380 deaths.

Thirty-seven provinces and cities recorded 10,639 local cases, the largest-ever daily count, whereas another 15 infections were imported from abroad, the health ministry said.

The old record was set on August 13, when 9,710 locally-infected patients were logged across the country.

More than 6,400 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 detected 4,425 of the new domestic infections, Binh Duong Province 3,255, Dong Nai Province 657, Long An Province 545, Tien Giang Province 478, Dong Thap Province 185, Da Nang 164, Khanh Hoa Province 151, Can Tho City 134, Tay Ninh Province 102, An Giang Province with 70, Vinh Long Province with 60, and Hanoi with 53.

Since the fourth COVID-19 wave began in Vietnam on April 27, the country has found 308,559 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities.  

Ho Chi Minh City is taking the lead with 164,342 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 55,601, Long An Province with 16,552, Dong Nai Province with 15,602, Bac Giang Province with 5,802, Tien Giang Province with 5,619, Dong Thap Province with 5,554, Khanh Hoa Province with 4,884, Tay Ninh Province with 3,819, Can Tho City with 3,146, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 2,666, Hanoi with 2,644, Da Nang with 2,547, and Phu Yen Province with 2,324.

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 5,000 recoveries on Thursday, taking the total to 120,059 recovered patients.

The death toll has ascended to 7,150 after the health ministry reported 380 fatalities the same day, including 307 registered in Ho Chi Minh City and 45 in Binh Duong Province.

The Southeast Asian country has detected an accumulation of 312,611 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it on January 23, 2020.

Health workers gave 398,031 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Wednesday.

About 16 million vaccine shots have been administered in Vietnam since the country rolled out vaccination on March 8, with over 1.56 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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