VOV.VN - For the second time since the resurgence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the 24-hour caseload has surpassed the 10,000 mark in Vietnam, hitting 10,657 as of 06.00pm on August 20, said the Ministry of Health (MoH) in its coronavirus update.
Binh Duong, an industrial complex hub in the south, overtook its neighbor Ho Chi Minh City, registering 4,223 new cases.
It was followed by Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, that detected 3,375 new cases.
Elsewhere, Dong Nai reported 686 more cases, Long An 485, Tien Giang 367, Dong Thap 156, Can Tho 147, Tay Ninh 122 and An Giang 111, all in the south.
Like previous days, Khanh Hoa led central localities in infection numbers at 1476, while Hanoi topped northern localities, with 72 cases.
New cases were also registered in dozens of other localities from north to south, mostly in the central region.
Data from the MoH show the number of new infections detected during the past 24 hours has increased by 11 cases compared to the previous day. Notably, Binh Duong saw the infection number rise by 968, HCM City down 1,050, and Dong Nai up 29.
As of 06.pm on August 20 Vietnam has documented 323,268 coronavirus cases, ranking 72nd out of 222 countries and territories worldwide in infection numbers.
Of the total, 319,209 locally acquired infections have been detected since the virus recurred less than four months ago.
HCM City remains the highest hit locality, reporting 164,524 infections, followed by Binh Duong 55,601, Long An 16,552, and Dong Nai 15,602.
As many as 132,815 patients have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease, including 12,756 recoveries announced on August 20, a record high figure so far.
The MoH also announced an additional 390 fatalities in 15 cities and provinces on August 20, with HCM City and Binh Duong recording 312 and 41 cases respectively.
As a result, the number of COVID-19 deaths in Vietnam has risen to 7,540, accounting for 2.3% of the total number of cases and equivalent to the average COVID-19 death rate in the world.