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Vietnam reports over 10,000 new coronavirus cases for 2nd successive day

Vietnam reports over 10,000 new coronavirus cases for 2nd successive day

Friday, August 20, 2021, 20:34 GMT+7
Vietnam reports over 10,000 new coronavirus cases for 2nd successive day
Soldiers and police officers inspect vehicles entering and exiting Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded over 10,000 domestic coronavirus cases for the second day in a row on Friday, together with more than 12,700 recoveries and 390 deaths.

Forty-three provinces and cities reported 10,650 local cases, the biggest-ever daily rise, whereas another seven infections were imported from abroad, the health ministry said.

The old record was set on Thursday, when 10,639 locally-infected patients were logged across the country.

More than 6,000 of the latest local cases were found in the community while the remainder were detected in isolated areas or centralized quarantine facilities.

Binh Duong Province detected 4,223 of the new domestic infections, up by 968 patients; Ho Chi Minh City 3,375, down by 1,050; Dong Nai Province 686; Long An Province 495; Tien Giang Province 367; Da Nang 167; Dong Thap Province 156; Can Tho City 147; Khanh Hoa Province 147; Tay Ninh Province 122; An Giang Province 111; Hanoi 72.

Since the fourth COVID-19 wave began in Vietnam on April 27, the country has found 319,209 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities.  

Ho Chi Minh City is in the front with 167,717 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 59,824, Long An Province with 17,047, Dong Nai Province with 16,288, Tien Giang Province with 5,986, Bac Giang Province with 5,820, Dong Thap Province with 5,710, Khanh Hoa Province with 5,031, Tay Ninh Province with 3,941, Can Tho City with 3,293, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 2,723, Hanoi with 2,716, Da Nang with 2,714, and Phu Yen Province with 2,351.

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 12,756 recoveries on Friday, taking the total to 132,815 recovered patients.

The death toll has increased to 7,540 after the health ministry reported 390 fatalities the same day, including 312 registered in Ho Chi Minh City and 41 in Binh Duong Province.

The Southeast Asian country has detected an accumulation of 323,268 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it on January 23, 2020.

About 16.3 million vaccine shots have been administered in Vietnam since the country rolled out vaccination on March 8, with over 1.63 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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