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Vietnam adds 34,062 COVID-19 cases, 241 pathogen-related deaths

Vietnam adds 34,062 COVID-19 cases, 241 pathogen-related deaths

Thursday, December 16, 2021, 19:06 GMT+7
Vietnam adds 34,062 COVID-19 cases, 241 pathogen-related deaths
A health worker collects a nasal swab from a woman for COVID-19 tests in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Pham Tuan / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health confirmed 34,062 more COVID-19 cases in Vietnam on Thursday, along with 1,033 recoveries and 241 virus-related fatalities.

The latest infections, including three imported and 34,059 domestic transmissions, were found in 60 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 9,888 patients caught the pathogen in the community.

The domestic transmissions include 18,792 infections Tay Ninh Province had detected in the past weeks and were announced as an addition to the country's daily count on Thursday.    

Ca Mau Province reported 1,339 of the remaining 15,267 local cases, Ho Chi Minh City 1,175, Tay Ninh Province 932, Binh Phuoc Province 880, Dong Thap Province 795, Can Tho City 728, Khanh Hoa Province 598, Dong Nai Province 479, Hanoi 423, Hai Phong City 330, Binh Duong Province 275, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 260, Thua Thien-Hue Province 253, Bac Ninh Province 252, Da Nang 212, Lam Dong Province 181, Binh Thuan Province 150, and Quang Ninh Province 117.

Vietnam had logged 15,522 locally-acquired infections on Wednesday.

The country has registered 1,487,788 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,061,644 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City leads the caseload with 491,610 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 288,554, Dong Nai Province with 93,854, Tay Ninh Province with 61,192, Long An Province with 39,466, Dong Thap Province with 33,249, Can Tho City with 31,098, Tien Giang Province with 30,042, An Giang Province with 28,323, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 22,922, Binh Thuan Province with 22,609, Khanh Hoa Province with 21,804, Hanoi with 21,083, and Da Nang with 8,775.

Vietnam documented a paltry 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.

The health ministry recorded 1,033 recovered patients on Thursday, lifting the total to 1,064,461.

The toll has jumped to 28,857 fatalities after the ministry announced 241 deaths on the same day, including 65 in Ho Chi Minh City, 26 in Dong Nai Province, 20 in An Giang Province, 19 in Tay Ninh Province, 15 in Tien Giang Province, 14 in Binh Duong Province, 12 in Can Tho City, and the remaining in 15 other provinces and cities.  

Vietnam has confirmed 1,493,237 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country early last year.

Health workers have administered over 135.7 million vaccine doses, including 501,084 shots on Wednesday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

More than 75.2 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while above 59.4 million have been jabbed twice.

The number of third doses – including additional primary shots for immunocompromised people, boosters, and third jabs of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine – has reached 1,098,225.

Vietnam targets to fully inoculate 100 percent of its adult population this year. Many provinces and cities are immunizing children aged 12-17 against COVID-19, using Pfizer-BioNTech shots.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News

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