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Vietnam’s local case tally approaches 10,000 in fourth coronavirus wave

Vietnam’s local case tally approaches 10,000 in fourth coronavirus wave

Forty-six domestic infections were announced on Monday morning

Vietnam’s local case tally approaches 10,000 in fourth coronavirus wave
A woman is vaccinated with a AstraZeneca shot at a company in Ho Chi Minh City, June 20, 2021. Photo: Ministry of Health

Vietnam has detected nearly 10,000 local infections since late April when a new coronavirus outbreak hit the country following about a month of no known community transmission, according to the Ministry of Health’s statistics.

The health ministry announced 46 domestic cases on Monday morning, taking the cumulative tally to 13,258 patients, including 11,559 local infections and 1,699 imported ones.

The number of recovered patients has reached 5,229 while 66 have died, most with critical comorbidities.

Since April 27, when the fourth and worst COVID-19 wave broke out in the country after nearly a month of zero detected cases, the ministry has documented 9,990 community transmissions in 42 out of its 63 provinces and cities.

Health authorities have logged a daily increase of over 200 patients over the past week, with a record high of 503 cases reported on June 17.

Bac Giang Province, an industrial park hub in northern Vietnam, is on top of the table with 5,411 patients, followed by Ho Chi Minh City with 1,651 and Bac Ninh Province with 1,529.

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. 

Vietnam has administered 2,422,643 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to medical staff, factory workers, and other frontline workers since it rolled out inoculation on March 8, according to the health ministry’s data.

A two-jab course has been given to 121,683 people.

Vietnam set a target of securing 150 million vaccine doses and vaccinating two-thirds of its population of about 98 million people this year.

The Southeast Asian nation has received nearly four million AstraZeneca shots from the COVAX scheme, direct purchase via a local company, and Japan, in addition to 2,000 Sputnik jabs donated by Russia and 500,000 Sinopharm doses gifted by China in the year to date.

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