A child is vaccinated against COVID-19 in Binh Phuoc Province, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
The Ministry of Health confirmed 14,638 additional coronavirus cases throughout Vietnam on Sunday, together with 1,295 recoveries and 228 virus-related deaths.
The latest infections, including 17 imported and 14,621 domestic transmissions, were reported in 58 provinces and cities, the ministry said, noting that 9,377 patients were infected in the community.
Ho Chi Minh City logged 1,216 of the newest cases, Hanoi 980, Tay Ninh Province 920, Dong Thap Province 745, Can Tho City 669, Khanh Hoa Province 590, Da Nang 442, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 381, Binh Duong Province 375, Dong Nai Province 366, Thua Thien-Hue Province 359, Binh Thuan Province 256, Lam Dong Province 194, Hai Phong City 123, Quang Nam Province 74, and Quang Ninh Province 25.
Vietnam had recorded 16,104 locally-acquired infections on Saturday.
The country has reported 1,407,655 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,051,903 of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City tops the list with 487,259 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 287,252, Dong Nai Province with 92,246, Long An Province with 39,167, Tay Ninh Province with 38,696, Dong Thap Province with 30,248, Tien Giang Province with 28,577, Can Tho City with 28,278, An Giang Province with 26,920, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 21,795, Binh Thuan Province with 21,714, Khanh Hoa Province with 19,422, Hanoi with 17,799, and Da Nang with 7,945.
Vietnam detected merely 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry registered 1,295 recovered patients on Sunday, elevating the total to 1,054,720.
The toll has increased to 27,839 fatalities after the ministry announced 228 mortalities on the same day, including 78 in Ho Chi Minh City, 23 in Binh Duong Province, 18 in An Giang Province, 17 in Dong Nai Province, 17 in Tien Giang Province, and the remaining in 17 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has documented 1,413,051 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.
Health workers have given upwards of 132.2 million vaccine doses, including 304,775 shots on Saturday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.
Over 74.8 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while more than 57.4 million are now fully immunized.
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.