Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded 12,026 coronavirus infections across the nation on Sunday, together with 11,116 discharged patients and 261 fatalities.
Thirty-three provinces and cities logged 12,017 local cases while the country reported nine separate imported infections, the health ministry said.
The ministry had registered 11,927 domestically-infected patients on Saturday.
Over 6,600 of the additional domestic cases were detected in the community, with the remaining found in sectioned-off areas or centralized quarantine facilities.
Ho Chi Minh City recorded 6,158 local infections, Binh Duong Province 3,188, Dong Nai Province 974, Tien Giang Province 628, Long An Province 285, Kien Giang Province 117, Can Tho City 68, Khanh Hoa Province 46, Hanoi 20, and Da Nang 12.
Vietnam has confirmed 608,997 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 is hardest-hit with 298,029 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 157,018, Dong Nai Province with 34,816, Long An Province with 28,159, Tien Giang Province with 12,205, Dong Thap Province with 7,832, Khanh Hoa Province with 7,265, Da Nang with 4,811, Hanoi with 4,012, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 3,885.
By comparison, Vietnam confirmed a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 11,116 recoveries on Sunday, taking the total to 374,578.
The toll has mounted to 15,279 deaths after the ministry documented 261 fatalities on the same day, including 200 in Ho Chi Minh City and 39 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has logged 613,375 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.
Health workers have given around 28.2 million vaccine doses, including 1,016,059 shots on Saturday, since vaccination was rolled out on March 8.
More than five 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.