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Vietnam adds 16,377 new coronavirus cases, 280 virus-related deaths

Vietnam adds 16,377 new coronavirus cases, 280 virus-related deaths

Thursday, December 23, 2021, 19:17 GMT+7
Vietnam adds 16,377 new coronavirus cases, 280 virus-related deaths
A man is given a COVID-19 vaccine booster in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, December 22, 2021. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health documented 16,377 more COVID-19 cases in Vietnam on Thursday, together with 10,944 recoveries and 280 pathogen-related mortalities.

The latest infections, including 10 imported and 16,367 domestic transmissions, were detected in 62 provinces and cities, the ministry said, elaborating that 10,152 patients caught the virus in the community.

Hanoi logged 1,774 of the newest local cases, Ca Mau Province 1,167, Tay Ninh Province 949, Khanh Hoa Province 797, Can Tho City 792, Ho Chi Minh City 787, Thua Thien-Hue Province 395, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 344, Binh Thuan Province 288, Hai Phong City 252, Lam Dong Province 251, Dong Nai Province 232, Da Nang 195, Binh Duong Province 118, Quang Nam Province 96, and Ninh Thuan Province 61.  

Vietnam had recorded 16,522 locally-acquired infections on Wednesday.

The country has confirmed 1,599,150 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,181,611 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City has been the largest epicenter with 497,949 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 289,731, Dong Nai Province with 95,993, Tay Ninh Province with 67,772, Long An Province with 39,891, Dong Thap Province with 38,763, Can Tho City with 36,474, Tien Giang Province with 32,133, Hanoi with 31,003, An Giang Province with 30,487, Khanh Hoa Province with 26,703, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 24,963, Binh Thuan Province with 24,230, and Da Nang with 9,982.

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

The health ministry added 10,944 recovered patients on Thursday, taking the total to 1,184,428.

The toll has risen to 30,531 fatalities after the ministry registered 280 deaths on the same day, including 44 in Ho Chi Minh City, 38 in Dong Nai Province, 28 in An Giang Province, 17 in Binh Duong Province, 15 in Dong Thap Province, and the remaining in 24 other provinces and cities.  

Vietnam has reported 1,604,712 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country early last year.

Health workers have given more than 142 million vaccine doses, including 1,273,529 shots on Wednesday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

Over 76.5 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while above 64.1 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 mounted to 1,708,262.

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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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News


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