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Vietnam health ministry records 12,752 new domestic coronavirus cases

Vietnam health ministry records 12,752 new domestic coronavirus cases

Sunday, August 29, 2021, 19:48 GMT+7
Vietnam health ministry records 12,752 new domestic coronavirus cases
A health worker takes a nasal swab from a person for COVID-19 testing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, August 28, 2021. Photo: Tu Trung / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam announced an additional 12,752 domestic coronavirus cases on Sunday, as the national tally topped 435,000 patients and the toll exceeded 10,000 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.   

The latest local infections were recorded in 39 provinces and cities while the country also logged 44 imported cases on the same day, the health ministry said in a report.

A total of 12,097 locally-infected patients had been confirmed on Saturday.

The ministry found 5,719 of the new cases in the community, with the remaining detected in isolated areas or centralized quarantine centers.

Binh Duong Province recorded 5,414 local infections, Ho Chi Minh City 4,957, Long An Province 533, Dong Nai Province 377, Hanoi 133, and Da Nang 106.  

Vietnam has logged 431,072 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus flare-up emerged in the country on April 27.

Ho Chi Minh City is hit the hardest with 209,921 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 104,208, Dong Nai Province with 22,641, Long An Province with 20,933, Tien Giang Province with 9,217, Khanh Hoa Province with 6,308, Da Nang with 4,122, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 3,373, and Hanoi with 3,326.

By comparison, Vietnam confirmed a combined 1,570 locally-acquired infections in the previous three waves.

Recoveries have reached 219,802, with 8,813 patients declared recovered on Sunday.

The health ministry documented 344 deaths nationwide on the same day, including 256 in Ho Chi Minh City and 31 in Binh Duong Province, taking the toll to 10,749 fatalities.

Vietnam has registered 435,265 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.

The Southeast Asian country has received about 27 million vaccine shots to date, administering more than 19.4 million doses since vaccination was rolled out on March 8.

Roughly 2.4 million people have been jabbed twice.

Health authorities aim to inoculate at least 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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