Most of the local infections were recorded in southern localities, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in its 06.00pm COVID-19 update on July 21.
Ho Chi Minh City led all cities and provinces in case number at 1,817, followed by Binh Duong 307, Dong Thap 109, Dong Nai 85, and Long An 52.
Elsewhere, central and northern localities detected dozens of more local infections each, including Hanoi 38, Phu Yen 21, Vinh Phuc 18, Binh Dinh 6, Bac Ninh 4, Lang Son 2, and Thanh Hoa 1.
Meanwhile, the MoH announced two more imported cases returning from overseas. These patients were placed in quarantine upon their arrival, thus posing no risks to the community.
Earlier in the morning of the same day, the MoH confirmed 2,775 local infections and 12 imported cases, raising Vietnam’s 24-hour count to 5,357 or 562 cases more than the previous day.
Data from the MoH show that during the past 24 hours, HCM City, the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, registered 3,556 locally acquired infections.
Binh Duong was the second hardest hit locality, documenting 964 cases, followed by Dong Nai 170, Dong Thap 109 and Tien Giang 65.
As of 06.00 pm on July 19 Vietnam has logged 64,508 new locally transmitted cases following the resurgence of the virus in late April and 68,177 cases since the onset of the first outbreak in January 2020.
As many as 11,971 patients have recovered from the disease, and 370 patients have died of COVId-19 and underlying illnesses.