Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded 13,186 locally-transmitted coronavirus infections nationwide on Thursday, up by 1,700 patients from a day earlier.
The latest local cases were detected in 39 provinces and cities while the country logged 11 imported infections on the same day, the health ministry said.
The ministry had reported 11,429 domestically-infected patients on Wednesday.
It documented 7,255 of the new cases in the community, with the remainder found in isolated areas or centralized quarantine facilities.
Ho Chi Minh City recorded 5,963 domestic infections, up by 595 cases; Binh Duong Province 4,504, up by 1,064; Dong Nai Province 803; Long An Province 583; Tien Giang Province 290; Kien Giang Province 122; Dong Thap 102; Hanoi 48; and Da Nang 42.
Vietnam has confirmed 482,497 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth – and worst – virus wave emerged in the country on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City tops the list with 232,585 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 122,732, Dong Nai Province with 25,328, Long An Province with 23,221, Tien Giang Province with 10,136, Dong Thap Province with 7,142, Khanh Hoa Province with 6,670, Da Nang with 4,396, Hanoi with 3,612, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 3,556.
By comparison, Vietnam confirmed a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 10,602 recoveries on Thursday, taking the total to 259,324.
The toll has jumped to 12,138 fatalities after the ministry logged 271 deaths on the same day, including 197 in Ho Chi Minh City and 34 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has registered 486,727 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.
The Southeast Asian country has received about 29.5 million vaccine shots to date, giving around 20.5 million doses, including 302,074 shots Wednesday, since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.
Almost 2.9 million people have been fully vaccinated.
Health authorities aim to immunize at least two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.