A health worker gives a woman a COVID-19 vaccine shot in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Nam Tran / Tuoi Tre
The Ministry of Health announced 14,872 additional COVID-19 cases throughout Vietnam on Monday, together with 11,374 recoveries and 204 pathogen-related deaths.
The latest infections, including five imported and 14,867 domestic transmissions, were reported in 59 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 10,418 patients caught the virus in the community.
Hanoi recorded 1,948 of the newest local cases, Tay Ninh Province 943, Hai Phong City 931, Khanh Hoa Province 791, Can Tho City 711, Ho Chi Minh City 560, Thua Thien-Hue Province 381, Bac Ninh Province 326, Lam Dong Province 263, Dong Nai Province 216, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 162, Binh Thuan Province 140, Quang Ninh Province 103, Quang Nam Province 96, Da Nang 86, Binh Duong Province 77, and Bac Giang Province 40.
Vietnam had logged 15,182 locally-acquired infections on Sunday.
The country has documented 1,660,900 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,256,797 of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City has been the largest epicenter with 500,617 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 290,240, Dong Nai Province with 97,043, Tay Ninh Province with 71,537, Dong Thap Province with 41,816, Long An Province with 40,128, Can Tho City with 39,387, Hanoi with 38,574, Tien Giang Province with 32,868, An Giang Province with 31,540, Khanh Hoa Province with 29,835, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 25,936, Binh Thuan Province with 24,961, and Da Nang with 10,535.
Vietnam detected a mere 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry confirmed 11,374 recovered patients on Monday, elevating the total to 1,259,614.
The toll has increased to 31,418 fatalities after the ministry registered 204 deaths on the same day, including 30 in Ho Chi Minh City, 22 in An Giang Province, 17 in Dong Nai Province, 15 in Binh Duong Province, 14 in Tay Ninh Province, and the remainder in 16 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has recorded 1,666,545 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country early last year.
Health workers have administered more than 146.3 million vaccine doses, including 725,301 shots on Sunday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.
Upwards of 77.1 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while over 66.4 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 increased to 2,794,380.
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.