VOV.VN - Vietnam’s daily count of coronavirus infections hit a record high on December 19 when as many as 16,110 cases were documented in 60 cities and provinces nationwide, the Ministry of Health (MoH) reported in its coronavirus update on December 19.
Hanoi capital topped localities in infection numbers, registering 1,405. The municipal administration raised the COVID-19 alert level in its Dong Da and Hai Ba Trung districts to amber in the four-level alert system.
In an effort to halt the spread of the virus, the municipal government decided to suspend non-essential activities of large gatherings and request food eateries in high-risk areas to offer takeaways.
Elsewhere, Ho Chi Minh City remains the largest coronavirus hotspot in the south, recording 1,014 new infections and 57 deaths during the past 24 hours. The city has since the resurgence of the virus in April reported nearly 495,000 infections, or one third of the country’s total.
Official data from the MoH also show that 10,799 patients were discharged from hospital and 215 patients died during the day.
As of 06pm on December 19 Vietnam has detected 1,540,478 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, 1,107,962 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease.
As many as 29,566 patients have died of the virus, making up 2% of the total number of infections.
Nearly 139 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide, with nearly 61.9 million people getting their second shot and 1.18 million people receiving their booster jab.