Vietnam’s Ministry of Health confirmed 12,420 coronavirus infections nationwide on Thursday, alongside 12,523 recovered patients and 345 fatalities.
Thirty-six provinces and cities recorded 12,399 local cases whereas the nation reported 21 separate imported infections, the health ministry said.
The ministry had logged 12,663 domestically-infected patients on Wednesday.
Over 6,000 of the new domestic cases were detected in the community, with the remaining found in sectioned-off areas or centralized quarantine facilities.
Ho Chi Minh City registered 5,549 local infections, Binh Duong Province 4,531, Dong Nai Province 880, Long An Province 412, Tay Ninh Province 161, Kien Giang Province 135, Tien Giang Province 115, Hanoi 35, and Da Nang 35.
Vietnam has documented 571,745 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 caseload with 278,703 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 146,296, Dong Nai Province with 32,059, Long An Province with 27,216, Tien Giang Province with 11,274, Dong Thap Province with 7,691, Khanh Hoa Province with 7,139, Da Nang with 4,750, Hanoi with 3,928, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 3,796.
By comparison, Vietnam confirmed a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 12,523 recoveries on Thursday, taking the total to 338,170.
The toll has increased to 14,470 deaths after the ministry recorded 345 fatalities on the same day, including 203 in Ho Chi Minh City and 40 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has documented 576,096 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.
Health workers have administered around 24.7 million vaccine doses, including 778,673 shots on Wednesday, since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.
Nearly 4.2 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.