The Ministry of Health logged 11,357 more coronavirus cases in Vietnam on Thursday, together with 25,322 discharged patients and 159 deaths.
The new cases, including 11,354 local and three imported infections, were reported in 36 provinces and cities, the health ministry said.
The ministry had registered 8,744 locally-infected patients on Wednesday.
Ho Chi Minh City documented 7,789 of the latest cases, including 3,417 patients added from Tuesday’s testing; Binh Duong Province 2,103; Dong Nai Province 626; An Giang Province 172; Long An Province 125; Can Tho 41; Da Nang two; and Hanoi one.
Vietnam has confirmed 786,208 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 stays atop with 388,659 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 211,056, Dong Nai Province with 48,595, Long An Province with 32,395, Tien Giang Province with 14,000, Dong Thap Province with 8,242, Khanh Hoa Province with 7,806, Da Nang with 4,916, Hanoi with 4,213, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 4,136.
By comparison, Vietnam detected a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 25,322 recoveries on Thursday, taking the total to 608,831.
The toll has mounted to 19,301 deaths after the ministry documented 159 fatalities on the same day, including 106 in Ho Chi Minh City and 30 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has registered 790,755 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.
Health workers have administered over 42 million vaccine doses, including 983,839 shots on Wednesday, since vaccination was rolled out on March 8.
Nearly 9.5 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.