Vietnam reports 16,141 new coronavirus cases, highest since October

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Vietnam reports 16,141 new coronavirus cases, highest since October

A frontliner is given a third COVID-19 vaccine doses in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Duyen Phan / Tuoi Tre

The Ministry of Health logged 16,141 more coronavirus cases across Vietnam on Saturday, along with 1,084 recoveries and 209 deaths.

Today saw the largest daily case spike since October.

The latest infections, including 37 imported and 16,104 domestic transmissions, were recorded in 59 provinces and cities, the ministry said, elaborating that 9,478 patients caught the pathogen in the community.

Ho Chi Minh City registered 1,441 of the newest cases, Binh Phuoc Province 1,164, Tay Ninh Province 903, Khanh Hoa Province 794, Ben Tre Province 756, Dong Thap Province 750, Can Tho City 689, Hanoi 548, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 498, Binh Duong Province 418, Dong Nai Province 390, Binh Thuan Province 317, Thua Thien-Hue Province 240, Hai Phong City 212, Lam Dong Province 198, Da Nang 186, and Quang Nam Province 139.

Vietnam had detected 14,819 locally-acquired infections on Friday.

The country has found 1,393,034 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27. A combined 1,050,608 of them have recovered from COVID-19.

Ho Chi Minh City has been hit the hardest with 486,043 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 286,877, Dong Nai Province with 91,880, Long An Province with 39,092, Tay Ninh Province with 37,776, Dong Thap Province with 29,503, Tien Giang Province with 28,210, Can Tho City with 27,609, An Giang Province with 26,601, Binh Thuan Province with 21,458, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 21,414, Khanh Hoa Province with 18,832, Hanoi with 16,819, and Da Nang with 7,503.

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

The health ministry confirmed 1,084 recovered patients on Saturday, lifting the total to 1,053,425.

The toll has mounted to 27,611 fatalities after the ministry documented 209 mortalities on the same day, including 67 in Ho Chi Minh City, 17 in Dong Nai Province, 13 in An Giang Province, 13 in Binh Duong Province, 13 in Can Tho City, and the remaining in 14 other provinces and cities.

Vietnam has logged 1,398,413 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.

Health workers have given almost 132 million vaccine doses, including 720,109 shots on Friday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8.

More than 74.7 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while over 57 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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