Official data from the MoH showed an additional 167 people have died and 1,034 more patients have recovered from the disease.
Of the newly-detected infections, 6,010 cases were diagnosed in the community through random testing or test screening.
Most of the new cases were recorded in southern Vietnam, with Ho Chi Minh City registering the highest number of new infections at 1,204. It was followed by Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Binh Duong, Tay Ninh, Dong Thap, Dong Nai, Binh Phuoc and Vinh Long that reported between 500 and 700 cases each.
The outbreak remains complicated in the north where hundreds of community cases of unknown sources were found. Hanoi capital topped northern localities with 260 new cases, followed by Bac Ninh, 99, Ha Giang 79, Vinh Phuc 70, Thai Binh 50, Quang Ninh 44, Nam Dinh 40 and Hoa Binh 35.
As of 06pm on November 23 Vietnam has documented 1,143,967 COVID-19 cases since the start of the first outbreak in January 2020, ranking 37th out of 223 countries and territories worldwide.
Of the total, 911,310 patients have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.
As many as 24,118 patients have died of the virus, making up 2.1% of the total number of infections.
Nearly 111 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with 43.6 million people getting their second shot.