The Ministry of Health reported 6,957 additional COVID-19 cases across Vietnam on Friday, together with 27,250 discharged patients and 136 deaths.
The new cases, including 6,941 local and 16 imported infections, were recorded in 37 provinces and cities, the health ministry said, adding a total of 3,897 patients were detected in the community.
Ho Chi Minh City logged 3,670 of the latest cases, Binh Duong Province 1,787, Dong Nai Province 735, An Giang Province 116, Long An Province 107, Can Tho 30, Hanoi eight, and Da Nang two.
Vietnam has confirmed 793,149 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 impacted with 392,329 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 212,843, Dong Nai Province with 49,330, Long An Province with 32,502, Tien Giang Province with 14,071, Dong Thap Province with 8,255, Khanh Hoa Province with 7,821, Da Nang with 4,918, Hanoi with 4,221, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 4,149.
By comparison, Vietnam detected a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 27,250 recoveries on Friday, taking the total to 636,081.
The toll has jumped to 19,437 deaths after the ministry documented 136 fatalities on the same day, including 96 in Ho Chi Minh City and 19 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has registered 797,712 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck it early last year.
Health workers have administered nearly 43 million vaccine doses, including 707,132 shots on Thursday, since vaccination was rolled out on March 8.
Over 9.8 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.