The Ministry of Health recorded 11,687 coronavirus patients in Vietnam on Tuesday, alongside 11,017 discharged patients and 240 fatalities.
Thirty-four provinces and cities documented 11,687 domestic cases while the country reported five separate imported infections, the health ministry said.
The ministry had logged 8,668 locally-infected patients on Monday.
Over 6,800 of the latest domestic cases were found in the community, with the remaining detected in sectioned-off areas or centralized quarantine facilities.
Ho Chi Minh City reported 6,521 local infections, up by 1,350 patients from yesterday; Binh Duong Province 3,609, up by 2,199; Dong Nai Province 590; Long An Province 254; Kien Giang Province 134; An Giang Province 121; Tien Giang Province 105; Can Tho City 43; Da Nang 15; and Hanoi 12.
Vietnam has confirmed 702,972 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 348,220 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 183,314, Dong Nai Province with 41,432, Long An Province with 30,850, Tien Giang Province with 13,375, Dong Thap Province with 8,118, Khanh Hoa Province with 7,560, Da Nang with 4,874, Hanoi with 4,178, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 4,088.
By comparison, Vietnam detected a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 11,017 recoveries on Tuesday, bringing the total to 475,343.
The toll has spiked to 17,545 deaths after the ministry documented 240 fatalities on the same day, including 184 in Ho Chi Minh City and 41 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has recorded 707,436 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.
Health workers have administered around 35 million vaccine doses, including 502,493 shots on Monday, since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.
Nearly 6.8 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.