The Ministry of Health added a record high of more than 500 local coronavirus infections to Vietnam’s patient tally on Thursday, the vast majority found in isolated areas.
A total of 503 domestic cases were confirmed in Bac Giang Province, Ho Chi Minh City, Tien Giang Province, Bac Ninh Province, Binh Duong Province, Ha Tinh Province, Lang Son Province, and Nghe An Province, the health ministry said in a report.
Health authorities detected 495 of the patients in quarantined areas, the ministry added.
Bac Giang recorded 327 infections while Ho Chi Minh City logged 137 cases.
Thursday’s count broke the single-day record set on May 25, when the health ministry confirmed 444 community cases.
Vietnam has documented 8,914 domestically-infected patients in 40 out of its 63 provinces and cities since April 27, when the fourth wave of transmissions started hitting the Southeast Asian country. The Delta variant first found in India has been identified in many patients in Vietnam in this serious bout.
Bac Giang is on top of the table with 5,007 infections, followed by Bac Ninh with 1,454 and Ho Chi Minh City with 1,197.
Twenty of the provinces and cities have registered zero new cases in the last two weeks.
The nation has reported an accumulation of 12,150 patients as of Thursday evening, including 10,483 domestic and 1,667 imported cases, according to the health ministry’s statistics.
The number of recovered patients has reached 4,653, including 63 announced on Thursday, while 61 have died, most with severe pre-existing conditions.
Health authorities in Tay Ninh Province recorded a virus-related death today but the health ministry has yet to document it.
Above five million people have been tested in this fourth round, the worst so far.
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 Vietnamese government has administered 1,773,297 AstraZeneca vaccine doses to medical personnel and other frontline workers since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.
A full two-injection course has been given to 72,325 people to date.
The government has set a target of securing 150 jabs, as it expects to immunize at least two-thirds of a population of almost 98 million people this year.
It has received almost four million AstraZeneca jabs so far.
A total of 175,480 people who came into close contact with infected patients or from pathogen-struck regions are being quarantined in Vietnam, including 1,997 at hospitals, 135,489 at home, and 37,994 at other facilities.