COVID-19: Daily count falls to nearly 16,000, Omicron cases rise to 133

VOV.VN - Vietnam has recorded 15,935 new coronavirus infections during the past 24 hours, a fall of 736 cases compared to the previous day, the Ministry of Health reported on January 21.

Of the newly detected infections, 10,912 cases were diagnosed in the community, 34 tested positive upon returning from overseas, and the remainder were documented in the lockdown or quarantine areas.

Hanoi capital took the lead, registering 2,805 new cases, followed by Da Nang (964), Hai Phong (796), Hung Yen (685), Ben Tre (618), Thanh Hoa (509), and Quang Ngai (482).

Like previous days, Ho Chi Minh City and Binh Duong, the two coronavirus hotspots in the south, continued to report as low as 227 and 95 new cases respectively.

Official data from the MoH show an additional 177 patients died of COVID-19 and underlying illnesses nationwide, an increase of 25 cases compared to the previous day.

As of 06pm on January 21 Vietnam has detected 2,110,737 COVID-19 cases since the start of the outbreak, ranking 28th out of 224 countries and territories worldwide.

Of the infected patients, 1,797,180 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease, and 36,443 patients have died of the virus. 

Notable, the number of Omicron infections has risen to 133 in 10 localities in Vietnam, including 65 cases in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 cases in Quang Nam, and 12 in Hanoi.

Nearly 174 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with 73.5 million people getting their second shot and more than 21 million people receiving their additional shot/booster jab.