Most of the local infections were documented in southern localities, with Ho Chi Minh City alone registering 3,326 cases, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in its 06.00pm COVID-19 update on July 24.
It was followed by Binh Duong 262, Dong Nai 99, Ba Ria – Vung Tau 63 and Dong Thap 46.
Elsewhere, 31 more positive cases were diagnosed in Binh Thuan, 24 in Dak Lak, 23 in Can Tho, and 12 in Binh Dinh,
Fewer than 10 cases each were detected in Ninh Thuan, An Giang, Phu Yen, Quang Ngai, Dak Nong, Hanoi, Vinh Phuc, Quang Nam and some others.
Meanwhile, the MoH announced 27 more imported cases returning from overseas. These patients were placed in quarantine upon their arrival, thus posing no risks to the community.
Earlier on the morning of the same day, the MoH confirmed 3,991 locally acquired and imported infections, raising Vietnam’s 24-hour count to 7,968, the highest figure since the resurgence of the virus and 661 more cases than the previous day.
Notably, the southern province of Long An on July 24 registered an additional 1,288 cases documented in quarantine or lockdown areas from July 14-22, to the national database.
Data from the MoH show that during the past 24 hours, HCM City, the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, registered 5,396 locally acquired infections.
As of 06.00 pm on July 24 Vietnam has logged 87,192 new locally transmitted cases following the resurgence of the virus in late April and 90,903 cases since the onset of the first outbreak in January 2020.
As many as 17,583 patients have recovered from the disease, including 2,047 cases announced on July 24.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 370 patients. Most of them died of COVID-19 and underlying illnesses.