VOV.VN - The Ministry of Health (MoH) has confirmed 16,325 new coronavirus infections in 62 cities and provinces across Vietnam during the past 24 hours, the MoH said in its coronavirus update on December 21.
Official data from the MoH also show that 11,309 cases were detected in the community through random tests or test screening.
As many as 50,191 patients were discharged from hospital, and 250 patients died of COVID-19 and underlying illnesses.
Hanoi capital continued to top localities in new infection numbers, registering 1,704 cases. Two of its central districts, Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung, raised their COVID-19 alert level to amber – the third in the four-level alert system.
Meanwhile, most of the newly detected cases were in the south, with Ca Mau recording 1,590 new cases. Other localities reporting hundreds of cases each include Ho Chi Minh City, Tay Ninh, Can Tho, Dong Thap, Ben Tre, Vinh Long, Bac Lieu, Tra Vinh, and Tien Giang.
Elsewhere, three central provinces of Khanh Hoa, Binh Dinh and Thua Thien-Hue recorded most new cases during the past 24 hours, at 798, 419 and 370 respectively
As of 06pm on December 21 Vietnam has detected 1,571,780 COVID-19 cases since the start of the first outbreak in January 2020, ranking 32nd out of 223 countries and territories worldwide.
Of the infected patients, 1,160,090 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.
As many as 30,041 patients have died of the virus, making up 1.9% of the total number of infections.
More than 140 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with 63 million people getting their second shot and nearly 1.4 million people receiving their booster jab.