A health worker administers a COVID-19 dose to a woman in Quang Tri Province, Vietnam. Photo: Quoc Nam / Tuoi Tre
The Ministry of Health documented 15,377 more COVID-19 cases across Vietnam on Monday, along with 1,192 recoveries and 242 virus-related deaths.
The latest infections, including 28 imported and 15,349 domestic transmissions, were recorded in 60 provinces and cities, the ministry said, adding that 8,891 patients caught the virus in the community.
Hanoi registered 1,000 of the newest cases, Binh Phuoc Province 998, Tay Ninh Province 919, Ho Chi Minh City 915, Can Tho City 680, Khanh Hoa Province 594, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 371, Thua Thien-Hue Province 346, Dong Nai Province 329, Binh Duong Province 304, Binh Thuan Province 268, Da Nang 205, Hai Phong City 183, Lam Dong Province 165, Quang Nam Province 103, and Quang Ninh Province 49.
Vietnam had reported 14,621 locally-acquired infections on Sunday.
The country has logged 1,423,004 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,053,095 of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City has been struck the hardest with 488,174 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 287,556, Dong Nai Province with 92,575, Tay Ninh Province with 39,615, Long An Province with 39,239, Dong Thap Province with 30,988, Can Tho City with 28,958, Tien Giang Province with 28,899, An Giang Province with 27,342, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 22,166, Binh Thuan Province with 21,982, Khanh Hoa Province with 20,016, Hanoi with 18,799, and Da Nang with 8,150.
Vietnam found merely 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry confirmed 1,192 recovered patients on Monday, taking the total to 1,055,912.
The toll has jumped to 28,081 fatalities after the ministry announced 242 mortalities on the same day, including 75 in Ho Chi Minh City, 26 in Dong Nai Province, 25 in An Giang Province, 15 in Binh Duong Province, 13 in Can Tho City, and the remaining in 16 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has documented 1,428,428 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.
Health workers have administered above 132.8 million vaccine doses, including 593,374 shots on Sunday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.
Upwards of 74.9 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while over 57.9 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.