Of the new infections, 6,740 cases were detected in the community through test screening or random testing, 12 tested positive upon returning to Vietnam from overseas, and the rest were documented in quarantine or lockdown areas.
Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong, the two largest coronavirus hotspots, registered 6,312 and 2,178 new cases respectively, accounting for four fifths of the country’s total.
They were followed by Dong Nai with 777 new cases, Long An 379, Kien Giang 157, An Giang 111, and Tien Giang 102, all in the south.
Newly detected infection numbers also dropped slightly in both central and northern regions. Khanh Hoa topped the central region, reporting 44 cases, while Hanoi capital confirmed 21 more cases.
September 14 is the fourth consecutive day that has seen infection numbers fall in Vietnam. The MoH earlier announced 11,172 cases on September 13, 11,478 cases on September 12 and 11,932 cases on September 11.
As of 06.00pm on September 14, Vietnam has recorded 635,0555 coronavirus cases since the start of the outbreak in January 2020, and 630,661 locally acquired infections following the resurgence of the virus four and a half months ago.
Of the total, 395,687 patients have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease, including 12,683 recoveries announced on September 14.
The MoH has also confirmed 276 COVID-19 deaths during the past 24 hours, with HCM City and Binh Duong reporting 199 and 41 fatalities respectively.
The September 14 figure has raised the COVID-19 death toll in Vietnam to 15,936, making up 2.5% of the total number of infections and 0.4% higher than the average death rate globally.
More than 30.3 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with 5.6 million people getting full jabs.