Ho Chi Minh City accounted for the majority of infections with 1,730 new cases being discovered, followed by the neighbouring provinces of Binh Duong with 840 infections, and Dong Nai with 589.
Hanoi recorded three positive cases, all of which were detected in quarantined areas or places under lockdown.
The Ministry also confirmed a further 120 COVID-19 fatalities over the past 24 hours, including 92 in Ho Chi Minh City and 19 in Binh Duong.
The nation’s COVID-19 death toll since the beginning of the pandemic now stands at 20,223, thereby accounting for 2.4% of the total number of infections.
With 826,837 cases found so far, the nation ranks 43rd out of 223 countries and territories globally. In terms of infections per one million population, the nation is placed 155th.
Since the start of the fourth pandemic wave on April 27 there have been 822,238 new cases detected, with 753,309 of them going on to make a full recovery from the virus.
Furthermore, 10 out of 62 cities and provinces nationwide have now gone 14 days without any new infection cases.
A total of 1,401 patients were released from hospital on the same day, thereby raising the total number of recoveries to 758,488.
The country has now vaccinated more than 49.2 million people with at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot, with over 12.8 million being fully vaccinated with both doses.
Meanwhile, the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Education and Training has proposed a plan to the People’s Committee aimed at vaccinating over 642,000 students aged between 12 and 18.
It will accomplish this task before the end of the first semester in order to prepare for a return to school in the second semester of the academic year.
As of October 6, more than 97% of the southern city’s population aged 18 and above have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with over 61% being fully inoculated, according to the Ho Chi Minh City Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.