The latest cases, all Vietnamese citizens, entered the country from Japan, Angola and the US and were put into isolation upon arrival. They are now receiving treatment at local hospitals after they were found to carry the SARS-CoV-2-virus.
Vietnam has to date registered 1570 domestic infections, including 910 recorded since the virus recurred in late January.
A total of 2,475 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the virus.
Among those still undergoing treatment, 45 have tested negative for the virus at least once. In addition, there are 40,150 people who are currently in quarantine nationwide for medical monitoring.
According to the National Expanded Immunisation Programme, a further 1,423 people were inoculated against COVID-19 on April 17, taking the total number of vaccinated people to 67,789.
Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long led a working group to examine pandemic prevention and control, and the vaccination work in southern Kien Giang province on April 18.
In the face of the possible coronavirus outbreak as the nation recorded many imported cases of COVID-19 in recent times, particularly illegal entrants, the Health Ministry has set up five working groups led by Minister Nguyen Thanh Long and four deputy ministers to supervise the implementation of regulations on immigration, medical quarantine, and COVID-19 prevention and control, as well as vaccination work in certain localities in the south-western region.
On April 1, the nation received 811,200 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine supplied by the COVAX Facility. On April 7, the Ministry of Health announced the delivery of the vaccine for the second phase, with 49 out of 63 provinces and cities across the nation having access to the vaccine.