Vietnam’s Ministry of Health announced 16,715 coronavirus infections on Thursday, while reporting 5,736 recovered patients and 152 deaths.
The newest infections, including 78 imported and 16,637 domestic transmissions, were recorded in all 63 provinces and cities, the ministry said, elaborating that 11,796 caught the pathogen in the community.
Hanoi reported 2,884 of the latest local cases, Da Nang 983, Hai Phong City 722, Khanh Hoa Province 579, Hung Yen Province 565, Quang Ninh Province 389, Bac Giang Province 386, Quang Nam Province 288, Thua Thien-Hue Province 285, Nam Dinh Province 283, Ho Chi Minh City 245, Lam Dong Province 231, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 154, Tuyen Quang Province 153, Binh Thuan Province 138, Quang Binh Province 132, Dong Nai Province 65, and Binh Duong Province 61.
Vietnam had documented 15,936 locally-acquired infections on Wednesday.
The country has confirmed 2,088,295 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27, 2021. More than 1.79 million of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City tops the list with 512,195 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 292,085, Hanoi with 100,112, Dong Nai Province with 99,530, Tay Ninh Province with 86,553, Ca Mau Province 53,962, Dong Thap Province with 46,817, Can Tho City with 43,996, Long An Province with 41,246, An Giang Province with 35,180, Tien Giang Province with 35,134, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 30,004, Binh Thuan Province with 28,607, and Da Nang with 22,265.
Vietnam logged only 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
Hospitals discharged 5,736 recovered patients on Thursday, raising the tally to 1,794,924, according to the health ministry.
The toll has gone up to 36,266 mortalities after the ministry confirmed 152 deaths on the same day, including 13 in Ho Chi Minh City, 12 in Dong Thap Province, 12 in Vinh Long Province, 12 in Kien Giang Province, nine in Soc Trang Province, and the remainder in 25 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam’s patient count has added up to 2,078,087, including 108 imported and community-based Omicron infections, since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in early 2020.
The Omicron cases consist of 68 in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 in Quang Nam Province, three in Da Nang, two in Thanh Hoa Province, two in Khanh Hoa Province, two in Quang Ninh Province, one in Hanoi, one in Hai Duong Province, one in Hai Phong City, and one in Long An Province.
Health workers have given more than 172.7 million vaccine doses, including 1,060,059 shots on Wednesday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8, 2021.
Over 78.7 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while above 73.3 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 exceeded 20.6 million.