As many as 15,779 people have tested positive for coronavirus in 60 cities and provinces across Vietnam during the past 24 hours, with Hanoi capital topping localities in infection number.
The Ministry of Health (MoH) said in its coronavirus update on January 9 that 10,217 cases were detected in the community, and 28 cases tested positive upon returning to Vietnam from overseas. The remaining patients were diagnosed in lockdown and quarantine areas.
Hanoi capital in the north again topped localities nationwide as its daily count surpassed the 2,800 mark, hitting 2,811. Hai Phong – the largest port city in the north – came second, with 836 new cases.
The outbreak remained complicated in the north, as localities such as Ha Giang, Hung Yen, Bac Ninh, Quang Ninh, Hai Duong, Vinh Phuc and Hoa Binh recorded hundreds of new cases each.
Similarly, the central region also saw hundreds of new cases each documented in Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Da Nang, Thua Thien Hue, Lam Dong and Quang Ngai.
The outbreak continued to show signs of waning in the south, with infection numbers falling sharply in Bac Lieu, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Tra Vinh and Tay Ninh.
Binh Phuoc recorded the most cases during the day at 679, followed by Ca Mau 615, Vinh Long 532, Tay Ninh 475 and Ho Chi Minh City 472. Binh Phuoc also registered to add 7,402 cases to the national COVID-19 database after summarizing its statistics.
Official data from the MoH also show that 12,210 more patients recovered from the disease and 202 more patients died of COVID-19 and underlying illnesses.
As of 06pm on January 9 Vietnam has detected 1,899,575 COVID-19 cases since the start of the first outbreak in January 2020, ranking 28th out of 223 countries and territories worldwide.
Of the infected patients, 1,500,248 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.
As many as 34,319 patients have died of the virus, making up 1.8% of the total number of infections.
More than 160 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with 70.9 million people getting their second shot and 10.9 million people receiving their booster jab.
Vietnam has become one of the six countries with highest COVID-19 vaccination coverage in the world, Standing Deputy PM Pham Binh Minh told a teleconference between the Government and localities on January 5.