The Ministry of Health registered 8,537 coronavirus cases in Vietnam on Friday, along with 12,371 discharged patients and 203 deaths.
Thirty-four provinces and cities recorded 8,530 domestic cases while the country announced another seven imported infections, the health ministry said.
The ministry had documented 9,465 locally-infected patients on Thursday.
Almost 4,100 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 logged 3,786 local infections, down by 1,266 patients from yesterday; Binh Duong Province 2,978, up by 214; Dong Nai Province 803; Kien Giang Province 203; Long An Province 194; Tien Giang Province 112; Can Tho City 57; Hanoi five; and Da Nang four.
Vietnam has confirmed 732,492 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 most affected with 362,493 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 193,235, Dong Nai Province with 43,925, Long An Province with 31,425, Tien Giang Province with 13,643, Dong Thap Province with 8,195, Khanh Hoa Province with 7,620, Da Nang with 4,891, Hanoi with 4,195, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 4,112.
By comparison, Vietnam detected a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 12,371 recoveries on Thursday, taking the total to 505,859.
The toll has mounted to 18,220 deaths after the ministry documented 203 fatalities on the same day, including 140 in Ho Chi Minh City and 30 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has registered 736,972 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.
Health workers have given roughly 37 million vaccine doses, including 593,903 shots on Thursday, since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.
Over 7.2 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.