The Ministry of Health logged 16,555 new coronavirus cases across Vietnam on Wednesday, together with 13,394 recoveries and 210 virus-related fatalities.
The latest infections, including 33 imported and 16,522 domestic transmissions, were reported in 60 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 10,938 patients caught the virus in the community.
Hanoi documented 1,646 of the newest local cases, Ca Mau Province 1,193, Ho Chi Minh City 979, Khanh Hoa Province 798, Can Tho City 757, Hai Phong City 449, Thua Thien-Hue Province 351, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 297, Lam Dong Province 295, Dong Nai Province 265, Binh Thuan Province 259, Bac Ninh Province 246, Da Nang 171, Binh Duong Province 149, Quang Ninh Province 134, Ha Giang Province 100, and Quang Nam Province 85.
Vietnam had reported 16,316 locally-acquired infections on Tuesday.
The country has detected 1,582,783 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,170,667 of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City leads the caseload with 497,162 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 289,613, Dong Nai Province with 95,761, Tay Ninh Province with 66,823, Long An Province with 39,831, Dong Thap Province with 37,976, Can Tho City with 35,682, Tien Giang Province with 31,851, An Giang Province with 30,165, Hanoi with 29,229, Khanh Hoa Province with 25,906, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 24,619, Binh Thuan Province with 23,942, and Da Nang with 9,787.
Vietnam recorded a mere 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry registered 13,394 recovered patients on Wednesday, bringing the total to 1,173,484.
The toll has increased to 30,251 fatalities after the ministry announced 210 deaths on the same day, including 46 in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 in An Giang Province, 17 in Binh Duong Province, 15 in Tien Giang Province, 13 in Tay Ninh Province, and the remaining in 16 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has logged 1,588,335 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country early last year.
Health workers have given more than 141 million vaccine doses, including 1,037,045 shots on Tuesday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.
Over 76.2 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while above 63.3 million have been injected twice.
The number of third doses – including additional primary shots for immunocompromised people, boosters, and third jabs of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine – has jumped to 1,553,348.
Vietnam aims 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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