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Vietnam’s COVID-19 count tops 500,000 cases

Vietnam’s COVID-19 count tops 500,000 cases

Friday, September 03, 2021, 19:05 GMT+7
Vietnam’s COVID-19 count tops 500,000 cases
Medical workers care for a COVID-19 patient in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s COVID-19 caseload has surpassed 500,000 patients as the Ministry of Health reported 14,922 cases on Friday, including 8,499 in Ho Chi Minh City.

Thirty-four provinces and cities recorded 14,894 domestic cases while the country logged another 28 imported infections, the health ministry said.

The ministry had documented 13,186 domestically-infected patients on Thursday.

It detected 9,275 of the new cases in the community, with the remainder found in isolated areas or centralized quarantine facilities.

Ho Chi Minh City registered a record high of 8,499 domestic infections, up by 2,536 cases from yesterday; Binh Duong Province 3,676, up by 828; Dong Nai Province 986; Long An Province 564; Tay Ninh Province 267; Da Nang 81; and Hanoi 58.

Vietnam has confirmed 497,391 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 table with 241,084 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 126,408, Dong Nai Province with 26,314, Long An Province with 23,785, Tien Giang Province with 10,290, Dong Thap Province with 7,224, Khanh Hoa Province with 6,731, Da Nang with 4,477, Hanoi with 3,670, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 3,595.

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

The health ministry announced 11,344 recoveries on Friday, taking the total to 270,668.

The toll has mounted to 12,476 fatalities after the ministry logged 338 deaths on the same day, including 250 in Ho Chi Minh City and 44 in Binh Duong Province.

Vietnam has registered 501,649 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.

Health workers have given around 20.8 million doses, including 283,221 shots on Thursday, since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.

Over 2.95 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.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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