A student has her nasal swab taken for COVID-19 testing in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Vietnam’s health ministry announced 29,766 additional COVID-19 infections on Sunday, along with 55,018 recoveries and 121 virus-linked fatalities.
The newest cases, including 38 imported and 29,728 domestic transmissions, were detected in 61 provinces and cities, the Ministry of Health said.
Bac Ninh reported 12,887 of the latest local cases, including 12,084 testing positive on previous days; Ben Tre Province 4,080, including 3,988 found on preceding days; Hanoi 2,924; Da Nang 876; Hai Phong City 647; Phu Tho Province 545; Quang Nam Province 480; Hung Yen Province 354; Hai Duong Province 277; Quang Ninh Province 235; Thua Thien-Hue Province 224; Lam Dong Province 185; Ho Chi Minh City 148; Ha Giang Province 103; Binh Thuan Province 64; Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 58; Binh Duong Province 35; and Can Tho City.
Vietnam had logged 13,656 locally-transmitted infections on Sunday.
The country has recorded 2,256,071 community transmissions in all its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth virus wave erupted on April 27, 2021. Over two million of them have recovered from COVID-19.
Ho Chi Minh has been the biggest epicenter with 513,726 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 292,638, Hanoi with 128,992, Dong Nai Province with 99,881, Tay Ninh Province with 88,068, Ca Mau Province 55,865, Dong Thap Province with 47,344, Binh Phuoc Province 45,909, Can Tho City with 44,359, Vinh Long Province 43,966, Long An Province with 41,632, An Giang Province with 35,524, Tien Giang Province with 35,333, Da Nang with 31,624, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 30,859, and Binh Thuan Province with 29,298.
Vietnam registered only 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in total in the previous three waves.
The health ministry documented 55,018 recovered patients on Sunday, lifting the national count to 2,017,615.
The toll has increased to 37,668 deaths after the ministry logged 121 mortalities on the same day, including 22 in Hanoi, Dong Nai Province 12, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province eight, Tien Giang Province eight, Kien Giang Province seven, Vinh Long six, Ho Chi Minh City five, Dong Thap Province five, and the remainder in 24 other provinces and cities.
Vietnam has confirmed 2,263,053 patients in total, including 184 imported and community-based Omicron infections, since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit the country in early 2020.
The Omicron cases consist of 92 in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 in Quang Nam Province, 20 in Quang Ninh Province, 14 in Hanoi, 11 in Khanh Hoa Province, eight in Da Nang, four in Kien Giang Province, two in Thanh Hoa Province, one in Hai Duong Province, one in Hai Phong City, one in Long An Province, one in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, one in Binh Duong Province, and one in Lam Dong Province.
Healthcare staff have administered above 181 million vaccine doses, including 223,939 shots on Sunday, since vaccination was rolled out nationwide on March 8, 2021.
More than 79 million of the country’s 98 million people have received at least one dose while upwards of 74 million have been injected twice.
The number of third doses – including additional primary shots for immunocompromised people, boosters, and third jabs of Cuba’s Abdala vaccine has amounted to 27,940.668.