Vietnam announces 16,948 new coronavirus cases, 221 deaths

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Vietnam announces 16,948 new coronavirus cases, 221 deaths

A group of young people pose for a wefie to celebrate New Year in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Ministry of Health recorded 16,948 COVID-19 cases across the nation on Sunday, alongside 14,420 recoveries and 221 fatalities.

The latest infections, including 34 imported and 16,914 domestic transmissions, were reported in all 63 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 11,948 patients were infected in the community.

Hanoi logged 2,045 of the newest local cases, Hai Phong City 1,804, Vinh Long Province 1,280, Tay Ninh Province 946, Binh Phuoc Province 782, Khanh Hoa Province 780, Ca Mau Province 619, Hai Duong Province 545, Bac Ninh Province 403, Ho Chi Minh City 384, Thua Thien-Hue Province 350, Can Tho City 293, Lam Dong Province 240, Quang Ninh Province 219, Da Nang 202, Ha Giang Province 148, Binh Duong Province 145, Dong Nai Province 139, Quang Nam Province 127, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 72, and Quang Binh Province 55.

Vietnam had detected 14,822 domestically-acquired infections on Saturday.

The country has confirmed 1,757,254 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,369,879 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City has been hit the hardest with 504,197 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 290,921, Dong Nai Province with 98,060, Tay Ninh Province with 77,002, Hanoi with 49,833, Dong Thap Province with 44,726, Can Tho City with 41,436, Long An Province with 40,462, Khanh Hoa Province with 34,570, Tien Giang Province with 34,030, An Giang Province with 32,961, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 26,496, Binh Thuan Province with 26,133, and Da Nang with 11,579.

Vietnam detected merely 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.

The health ministry confirmed 14,420 recovered patients on Sunday, taking the tally to 1,372,696.

The toll has spiked to 32,831 deaths after the ministry documented 221 fatalities on the same day, including 41 in Dong Nai Province, 30 in Ho Chi Minh City, 17 in An Giang Province, 16 in Vinh Long Province, 15 in Can Tho City, 15 in Dong Thap Province, and the remainder in 19 other provinces and cities.

Vietnam has found 1,763,040 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country early last year.

Health workers have given above 152.8 million vaccine doses, including 592,352 shots on Saturday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

More than 77.7 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while over 69 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 6,036,280.

By the last day of 2021, 90 percent of Vietnam’s adult population, or around 75 million people, had received two doses of COVID-19 vaccine, while 100 percent had been given at least one shot, according to the Vietnam Government Portal.

Many provinces and cities are immunizing children aged 12-17 against COVID-19, using Pfizer-BioNTech shots.

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