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Vietnam announces over 17,000 additional local coronavirus cases

Vietnam announces over 17,000 additional local coronavirus cases

Friday, August 27, 2021, 20:44 GMT+7
Vietnam announces over 17,000 additional local coronavirus cases
A health worker gives a COVID-19 vaccine shot to a man in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Xuan Mai / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health confirmed more than 17,000 domestic COVID-19 infections on Friday, together with over 10,000 recoveries and 386 deaths.

Forty-two provinces and cities reported 17,409 local cases whereas a separate 19 infections were imported from abroad, the health ministry said.

The health ministry had logged 11,569 locally-infected patients on Thursday.

Above 6,600 of the latest local cases were found in the community while the remaining were detected in isolated areas or centralized quarantine facilities.

Binh Duong Province recorded 8,695 of the new domestic infections, including 4,508 detected in previous days; Ho Chi Minh City 5,383, up by 1,449 patients; Dong Nai Province 996; Long An Province 454; Tien Giang Province 312; Da Nang 202; Tay Ninh Province 132; Khanh Hoa Province 131; Quang Binh Province 125; Dong Thap Province 122; An Giang Province 91; Binh Thuan 87; and Hanoi 77.

Since the fourth COVID-19 wave began in Vietnam on April 27, the country has confirmed 406,233 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities.  

Ho Chi Minh City is taking the lead with 199,483 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 94,745, Dong Nai Province with 21,467, Long An Province with 19,949, Tien Giang Province with 8,821, Dong Thap Province with 6,554, Khanh Hoa Province with 6,124, Bac Giang Province with 5,844, Da Nang with 3,907, and Hanoi with 3,132.

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 documented 10,126 recoveries on Friday, bringing the total to 198,614 recovered patients.

The death toll has risen to 10,053 after the health ministry documented 386 fatalities the same day, including 287 in Ho Chi Minh City and 34 in Binh Duong Province.

The Southeast Asian country has detected an accumulation of 410,366 cases since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it on January 23, 2020.

Health workers gave 298,212 vaccine doses on Thursday.

About 18.8 million vaccine shots have been administered in Vietnam since the country rolled out vaccination on March 8, with over 2.2 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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