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Vietnam health ministry registers 16,110 new COVID-19 cases, 215 virus-related deaths

Vietnam health ministry registers 16,110 new COVID-19 cases, 215 virus-related deaths

Sunday, December 19, 2021, 20:31 GMT+7
Vietnam health ministry registers 16,110 new COVID-19 cases, 215 virus-related deaths
A health worker handles medical equipment at a COVID-19 treatment hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health documented 16,110 more coronavirus cases in Vietnam on Sunday, alongside 10,799 recoveries and 215 virus-related fatalities.

The latest infections, including 17 imported and 16,093 domestic transmissions, were confirmed in 60 provinces and cities, the ministry said, adding that 10,542 patients caught the virus in the community.

Hanoi logged 1,405 of the newest local cases, Ca Mau Province 1,345, Ho Chi Minh City 1,014, Can Tho City 793, Khanh Hoa Province 599, Dong Nai Province 417, Hai Phong City 417, Thua Thien-Hue Province 362, Lam Dong Province 245, Binh Duong Province 245, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 221, Bac Ninh Province 219, Da Nang 143, Quang Ninh Province 139, Binh Thuan Province 135, Quang Nam Province 69, and Bac Giang Province 41.

Vietnam had detected 15,883 locally-acquired infections on Saturday.

The country has found 1,534,979 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,105,145 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the biggest hotbed with 494,683 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 289,175, Dong Nai Province with 94,928, Tay Ninh Province with 64,014, Long An Province with 39,663, Dong Thap Province with 35,618, Can Tho City with 33,355, Tien Giang Province with 30,915, An Giang Province with 29,354, Hanoi with 24,267, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 23,671, Khanh Hoa Province with 23,601, Binh Thuan Province with 23,213, and Da Nang with 9,305.

Vietnam recorded merely 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.

The health ministry announced 10,799 recovered patients on Sunday, lifting the total to 1,107,962.

The toll has risen to 29,566 fatalities after the ministry reported 215 deaths on the same day, including 57 in Ho Chi Minh City, 23 in Dong Nai Province, 18 in Binh Duong Province, 16 in An Giang Province, 13 in Tien Giang Province, 12 in Can Tho City, and the remainder in 15 other provinces and cities.  

Vietnam has confirmed 1,540,478 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country early last year.

Health workers have administered over 138.7 million vaccine doses, including 1,199,726 shots on Saturday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

More than 75.6 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while above 61.8 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 1,184,878.

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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