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Vietnam registers 16,157 new COVID-19 infections, 235 coronavirus-related fatalities

Vietnam registers 16,157 new COVID-19 infections, 235 coronavirus-related fatalities

Friday, December 24, 2021, 19:34 GMT+7
Vietnam registers 16,157 new COVID-19 infections, 235 coronavirus-related fatalities
A worker is shown getting immunized against COVID-19 in Thai Binh Province, Vietnam. Photo: Lan Anh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health reported 16,157 additional COVID-19 cases across the country on Friday, along with 30,833 recoveries and 235 virus-related mortalities.

The latest infections, including 15 imported and 16,142 domestic transmissions, were reported in 62 provinces and cities, the ministry said, elucidating that 10,528 patients were infected in the community.

Hanoi documented 1,834 of the newest local cases, Ca Mau Province 1,334, Tay Ninh Province 948, Khanh Hoa Province 785, Can Tho City 785, Ho Chi Minh City 679, Thua Thien-Hue Province 399, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 359, Dong Nai Province 354, Lam Dong Province 229, Binh Thuan Province 185, Da Nang 140, Quang Nam Province 119, Quanh Ninh Province 98, Binh Duong Province 94, and Hai Phong City 19.

Vietnam had logged 16,367 locally-acquired infections on Thursday.

The country has detected 1,615,292 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,212,444 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City stays atop the list with 498,628 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 289,825, Dong Nai Province with 96,347, Tay Ninh Province with 68,720, Long An Province with 39,965, Dong Thap Province with 39,545, Can Tho City with 37,259, Hanoi with 32,837, Tien Giang Province with 32,279, An Giang Province with 30,786, Khanh Hoa Province with 27,488, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 25,322, Binh Thuan Province with 24,415, and Da Nang with 10,122.

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

The health ministry registered 30,833 recovered patients on Friday, lifting the total to 1,215,261.

The toll has jumped to 30,766 fatalities after the ministry announced 235 deaths on the same day, including 44 in Ho Chi Minh City, 20 in Dong Nai Province, 18 in An Giang Province, 15 in Tien Giang Province, 13 in Dong Thap Province, 13 in Can Tho City, and the remaining in 22 other provinces and cities.  

Vietnam has confirmed 1,620,869 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country early last year.

Health workers have given over 143.5 million vaccine doses, including 1,219,867 shots on Thursday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

More than 76.6 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while upwards of 64.8 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 increased to 2,033,226.

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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