Medical staff work at a COVID-19 treatment hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre
The Ministry of Health documented 16,278 COVID-19 patients throughout Vietnam on Friday, alongside 14,633 recoveries and 233 fatalities.
The latest infections, including 24 imported and 16,254 domestic transmissions, were detected in 59 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 11,423 caught the virus in the community.
Hanoi logged 2,723 of the newest local cases, Hai Phong City 795, Khanh Hoa Province 790, Binh Phuoc Province 716, Tra Vinh Province 498, Ho Chi Minh City 489, Hai Duong Province 443, Bac Ninh Province 351, Quang Ninh Province 345, Da Nang 309, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 263, Lam Dong Province 245, Thua Thien-Hue Province 235, Can Tho City 213, Quang Nam Province 173, Quang Tri Province 160, Nghe An Province 131, Binh Thuan Province 121, Quang Binh Province 54, and Binh Duong Province 52.
Vietnam had confirmed 25,787 domestically-acquired infections on Thursday.
The country has recorded 1,853,904 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27, 2021. A combined 1,476,231 of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City has been hit the hardest with 506,902 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 291,270, Dong Nai Province with 98,545, Tay Ninh Province with 81,135, Hanoi with 62,376, Dong Thap Province with 45,388, Can Tho City with 42,430, Long An Province with 40,683, Khanh Hoa Province with 38,525, Tien Giang Province with 34,492, An Giang Province with 33,972, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 27,107, Binh Thuan Province with 26,952, and Da Nang with 12,844.
Vietnam found merely 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry reported 28,369 recovered patients on Friday, raising the total to 1,479,048.
The toll has spiked to 33,877 fatalities after the ministry announced 233 deaths on the same day, including 20 in Ho Chi Minh City, 23 in Dong Nai Province, 16 in Long An Province, 14 in Tien Giang Province, 14 in Vinh Long Province, 12 in Binh Duong Province, and the remainder in 21 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has recorded 1,859,841 patients, including 30 imported Omicron infections, since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in early 2020.
Health workers have administered above 157.7 million vaccine doses, including 804,906 shots on Thursday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8, 2021.
Over 78.1 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while upwards of 70.5 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 reached 9,064,505.
Many provinces and cities are immunizing children aged 12-17 against COVID-19, using Pfizer-BioNTech shots.