The Ministry of Health logged over 7,200 domestic COVID-19 cases in Vietnam on Thursday, along with more than 3,700 and 390 deaths.
Forty-four provinces and cities documented 7,239 locally-infected patients, down by 379 infections from Wednesday, while five separate cases were imported from abroad, the health ministry said.
A total of 1,562 transmissions were found in the community whereas the remainder were detected in isolated areas or centralized quarantine facilities.
Ho Chi Minh City recorded 3,886 of the latest local infections, up by 586 patients from yesterday, Binh Duong Province 822, Long An Province 715, Dong Nai Province 358, Tay Ninh Province 235, Tien Giang Province 169, Dong Thap Province 114, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province 112.
Since the fourth COVID-19 wave began in Vietnam on April 27, the country has reported 181,153 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities.
Ho Chi Minh City is taking the lead with 109,916 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 22,378, Long An Province with 8,165, Dong Nai Province with 6,042, Bac Ninh Province with 5,739, Dong Thap Province with 3,675, Khanh Hoa Province with 2,729, and Tien Giang Province 2,468.
By comparison, Vietnam confirmed 106 community cases in the first wave from January 23 to April 16, 2020, 554 in the second from July 25 to December 1, 2020, and 910 in the third from January 28 to March 25, 2021.
The health ministry announced 3,708 recoveries on Thursday, bringing the total to 58,040 recovered patients.
The death toll has jumped to 2,720 after the ministry recorded 393 fatalities the same day, including 214 registered in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday and today.
The Southeast Asian country has overall logged 182,723 domestic and 2,334 imported cases since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it on January 23, 2020.
Health workers gave a record 263,272 vaccine doses today.
Over 7.55 million COVID-19 vaccine shots have been administered in Vietnam since the country rolled out vaccination on March 8, with nearly 779,000 people having been fully vaccinated.
The Vietnamese government expects to obtain 175 million shots of various vaccines, including 51 million Pfizer-BioNTech jabs, by early 2022.
It set a target of immunizing two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.
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