VOV.VN - The number of newly detected coronavirus infections in Vietnam rose by more than 9,000 to 55,879 on February 22, a record high so far, the Ministry of Health said in its coronavirus update at 06pm.
Of the total, 71% were diagnosed in the community, eight tested positive upon returning from overseas, and the remainder were detected in the lockdown or quarantine areas.
Like previous days, February 22 saw most of the cases reported in the north. Official data from the Ministry of Health show Hanoi capital topped localities in infection number, registering 6,860 new cases. This is also the highest figure the city has recorded in a single day.
Other northern localities that recorded between 1,000 and 3,000 cases each include Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, Hoa Binh, Phu Tho, Lao Cai, Nam Dinh, Vinh Phuc, Hai Phong, Ninh Binh, Thai Nguyen, Son La, Hung Yen, Yen Bai, and Thai Binh.
The past 24 hours also saw infection number in Ho Chi Minh City – used to be the largest coronavirus hotspot last summer – increase almost a double to 1,352. The city is randomly conducting genome sequencing of positive test samples for the emergence of the Omicron variant in the community.
The same day, the Ministry of Health also announced an additional 10,412 recoveries and 77 more coronavirus related deaths in localities across the country.
As of 06pm on February 22, Vietnam has detected 2,890,252 COVID-19 cases since the start of the outbreak, ranking 32nd out of 225 countries and territories worldwide.
Of the infected patients, 2,305,081 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease, and 39,682 patients have died of the virus.
The country has so far confirmed 205 Omicron cases in 18 localities, including 97 cases confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 in Quang Nam, 20 in Quang Ninh, 18 in Hanoi, and 11 in Khanh Hoa.
Approximately 192 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with over 75 million people getting their second shot and nearly 37 million people receiving their additional shot/booster jab.