COVID-19: Daily count skyrockets to more than 42,000 in Vietnam

VOV.VN - The Ministry of Health confirmed 42,439 coronavirus infections detected in all 63 cities and provinces across the country during the past 24 hours, an increase of more than 6,000 cases compared to the previous day.

Of the total, 31,028 cases were diagnosed in the community, 12 tested positive upon returning from overseas, and the remainder were detected in the lockdown or quarantine areas.

Like previous days, February 19 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 4,549 new cases. The city has decided to postpone its face-to-face learning plan for first to sixth graders.

Other northern localities that recorded between 1,000 and 2,000 cases each include Vinh Phuc, Quang Ninh, Phu Tho, Nam Dinh, Thai Nguyen, Hoa Binh, bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Hai Phong, Bac Giang, Lao Cai, Hai Duong, and Lang Son.

The Ministry of Health also announced an additional 6,215 recoveries and 80 deaths during the past 24 hours.
As of 06pm on February 18, Vietnam has detected 2,685,463 COVID-19 cases since the start of the outbreak, ranking 32nd out of 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Of the infected patients, 2,261,180 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease, and 39,358 patients have died of the virus.

The number of Omicron infections has increased to 200 in 17 localities, including 97 cases confirmed in Ho Chi Minh City, 27 in Quang Nam, 20 in Quang Ninh, 14 in Hanoi, and 11 in Khanh Hoa.

More than 190 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with over 75 million people getting their second shot and over 33 million people receiving their additional shot/booster jab.

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