A medical worker handles equipment at a COVID-19 treatment center in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre
Vietnam’s Ministry of Health added 16,040 coronavirus patients countrywide on Friday, while logging 4,290 recoveries and 171 virus-related deaths.
The latest infections, including 14 imported and 16,026 domestic transmissions, were detected in 62 provinces and cities, the ministry said, clarifying that 11,914 caught the pathogen in the community.
Hanoi documented 3,029 of the newest local cases, Da Nang 765, Khanh Hoa Province 680, Ben Tre Province 555, Hai Phong City 507, Hung Yen Province 414, Ho Chi Minh City 402, Bac Ninh Province 319, Thua Thien-Hue Province 310, Quang Ninh Province 265, Quang Nam Province 262, Vinh Phuc Province 247, Thai Nguyen Province 216, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 185, Ha Giang Province 149, Can Tho City 139, Binh Duong Province 113, Tuyen Quang Province 113, and Lang Son Province 79.
Vietnam had registered 16,700 domestically-acquired infections on Thursday.
The country has recorded 1,985,320 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27, 2021. Above 1.66 million of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh City has been hit the hardest with 510,202 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 291,697, Dong Nai Province with 99,069, Tay Ninh Province with 84,502, Hanoi with 82,637, Dong Thap Province with 46,279, Ca Mau Province 46,266, Can Tho City with 43,521, Long An Province with 40,956, Tien Giang Province with 34,836, An Giang Province with 34,825, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 28,926, Binh Thuan Province with 27,834, and Da Nang with 16,761.
Vietnam confirmed only 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry declared 4,290 patients recovered on Friday, lifting the tally to 1,666,220.
The toll has surged to 35,341 fatalities after the ministry reported 171 mortalities on the same day, including 20 in An Giang Province, 15 in Ho Chi Minh City, 14 in Dong Thap Province, 12 in Tien Giang Province, 11 in Soc Trang Province, and the remaining in 21 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has logged 1,991,484 patients, including 50 imported Omicron infections, since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in early 2020.
The Omicron cases, all quarantined upon arrival in the Southeast Asian country, consist of 27 in Quang Nam Province, 12 in Ho Chi Minh City, three in Da Nang, two in Thanh Hoa Province, two in Khanh Hoa Province, one in Hanoi, one in Hai Duong Province, one in Hai Phong City, and one in Long An Province.
Health workers have administered more than 165.5 million vaccine doses, including 1,066,301 shots on Thursday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8, 2021.
Over 78.5 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while above 71.9 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 surpassed 15 million.