Doctors talk to each other at a COVID-19 treatment hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre
The Vietnamese Ministry of Health reported 15,684 more coronavirus patients on Sunday, in addition to 9,326 recoveries and 129 virus-linked deaths.
The latest infections, including 41 imported and 15,643 domestic transmissions, were recorded in 62 provinces and cities, the ministry said, elaborating that 11,196 were infected in the community.
Hanoi logged 2,982 of the newest local cases, Da Nang 888, Khanh Hoa Province 680, Binh Dinh Province 599, Bac Ninh Province 442, Hung Yen Province 405, Thanh Hoa Province 384, Hai Duong Province 346, Ho Chi Minh City 289, Quang Ninh Province 286, Thua Thien-Hue Province 257, Quang Nam Province 255, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 245, Lam Dong Province 235, Lang Son Province 221, Tuyen Quang Province 124, Binh Thuan Province 107, Can Tho City 73, and Cao Bang Province 35.
Vietnam had registered 16,026 domestically-acquired infections on Saturday.
The country has documented 2,017,268 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27, 2021. Over 1.7 million of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City suffers the most with 511,257 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 291,864, Dong Nai Province with 99,284, Hanoi with 88,429, Tay Ninh Province with 85,416, Ca Mau Province 47,099, Dong Thap Province with 46,527, Can Tho City with 43,687, Long An Province with 41,085, An Giang Province with 34,984, Tien Giang Province with 34,972, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 29,266, Binh Thuan Province with 28,057, and Da Nang with 18,523.
Vietnam detected only 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry pronounced 9,326 patients recovered on Sunday, raising the tally to 1,727,290.
The toll has climbed to 35,609 fatalities after the ministry confirmed 129 deaths on the same day, including 28 in Dong Thap Province, 15 in Ho Chi Minh City, nine in Kien Giang Province, nine in Can Tho City, eight in Khanh Hoa Province and the remaining in 16 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has counted 2,023,546 patients, including 68 imported Omicron infections, since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in early 2020.
The Omicron cases, all quarantined upon arrival in the Southeast Asian country, consist of 30 in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 in Quang Nam Province, three in Da Nang, two in Thanh Hoa Province, two in Khanh Hoa Province, one in Hanoi, one in Hai Duong Province, one in Hai Phong City, and one in Long An Province.
Health workers have given above 168 million vaccine doses, including 1,057,845 shots on Saturday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8, 2021.
Nearly 78.6 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while upwards of 72.3 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 17 million.