Most of the local infections were recorded in southern localities, with Ho Chi Minh City taking the lead, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in its 06.00pm COVID-19 update on July 23.
HCM City, the busiest and most populous locality in Vietnam, documented 1,611 new cases, followed by Binh Duong 571, Long An 379, Dong Nai 184, and Tay Ninh 176.
Other southern localities registering dozens of new infections include Dong Thap 98, Tien Giang 58, Ba Ria – Vung Tau 58, Binh Thuan 24, and Can Tho 24.
Elsewhere, 56 more positive cases were diagnosed in Hanoi capital, 51 in Khanh Hoa, 26 in Quang Ngai, 15 in Phu Yen, and less than 10 cases each in Dak Nong, Tra Vinh, Binh Dinh, Bac Giang, and Hoa Binh among others.
Meanwhile, the MoH announced 12 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 3,898 local infections, raising Vietnam’s 24-hour count to 7,307, the highest figure Vietnam has recorded since the resurgence of the virus and 1,113 more cases than the previous day.
Data from the MoH show that during the past 24 hours, HCM City, the country’s largest coronavirus hotspot, registered 4,913 locally acquired infections.
Binh Duong was the second hardest hit locality, documenting 608 cases, followed by Long An 602, Dong Nai 217, Tay Ninh 212 and Dong Thap 129.
As of 07.00 pm on July 23 Vietnam has logged 77,967 new locally transmitted cases following the resurgence of the virus in late April and 81,678 cases since the onset of the first outbreak in January 2020.
As many as 12,762 patients have recovered from the disease, including 2,115 cases announced on July 23.
The number of COVID-19 related deaths has risen to 370 patients. Most of them died of COVID-19 and underlying illnesses.