Vietnam records 14,839 new coronavirus cases, 216 fatalities

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Vietnam records 14,839 new coronavirus cases, 216 fatalities

A medical worker prepares to vaccinate a woman against COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health registered 14,839 additional coronavirus cases in Vietnam on Friday, alongside 1,362 recoveries and 216 deaths.

The latest infections, including 20 imported and 14,819 domestic transmissions, were logged in 57 provinces and cities, the ministry said, adding that 8,843 patients caught the coronavirus in the community.

Ho Chi Minh City documented 1,226 of the newest cases, Soc Trang Province 894, Tay Ninh Province 893, Ca Mau Province 822, Dong Thap Province 744, Ben Tre Province 712, Can Tho City 675, Hanoi 637, Khanh Hoa Province 587, Dong Nai Province 434, Binh Duong Province 381, Ba Ria-Vung Tau 381, Binh Thuan Province 219, Da Nang 198, Lam Dong Province 186, Thua Thien-Hue Province 182, Hai Phong City 180, Quang Nam Province 122, and Quang Ninh Province 28.

Vietnam had logged 15,300 locally-acquired infections on Thursday.

The country has confirmed 1,376,930 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,049,524 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City sits atop the caseload with 484,602 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 286,459, Dong Nai Province with 91,490, Long An Province with 39,021, Tay Ninh Province with 36,873, Dong Thap Province with 28,753, Tien Giang Province with 27,665, Can Tho City with 26,920, An Giang Province with 26,233, Binh Thuan Province with 21,141, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 20,916, Khanh Hoa Province with 18,038, Hanoi with 16,271, and Da Nang with 7,317.

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

The health ministry recorded 1,362 recovered patients on Friday, raising the total to 1,052,341.

The toll has jumped to 27,402 fatalities after the ministry confirmed 216 mortalities on the same day, including 71 in Ho Chi Minh City, 33 in Dong Nai Province, 15 in Binh Duong Province, 14 in Tay Ninh Province, and the remaining in 14 other provinces and cities.

Vietnam has logged 1,382,272 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.

Health workers have administered nearly 131 million vaccine doses, including 1,029,505 shots on Thursday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

Over 74.5 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while more than 56.3 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.

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