VOV.VN - A further 4,411 people were detected to be positive for COVID-19, with the latest update marking an increase of 812 from the previous day, the Ministry of Health reported on October 27.
Following the new cases, the nationwide tally since the start of the pandemic now stands at 900,585, while the total number of deaths is 21,856.
Among the new cases, seven were imported, whilst the remainder came through local transmissions. Of the new infections, a total of 2,052 were detected within the local community.
Ho Chi Minh City continues to record the highest infection rate with 1,140 cases, followed by the neighbouring provinces of Binh Duong with 521, and Dong Nai with 499.
Over the last 24 hours to 6 p.m. on October 27, Hanoi reported a further 26 COVID-19 cases, all of which were detected in quarantined sites and are linked to the latest cluster found in Thanh Oai district.
The Health Ministry also confirmed the discharge of 2,024 patients on the same day, thereby bringing the total tally of recovered cases to 812,314.
Furthermore, nearly 76 million vaccine doses have now been administered nationwide.
According to Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, the country has so far signed contracts and agreements for 191 million vaccine doses, which will increase more in the near future, thereby ensuring full vaccination for people age 18 and above, as well as those aged 12 to 17.
With regard to vaccinations for children, especially those below the age of 12, the minister stated that caution is necessary due to all vaccines being developed in a very short time, meaning there is not enough time to fully assess all of the vaccines' impacts.
The Minister went on to emphasize that the Government has so far been responsible for ensuring enough vaccines for residents free of charge, adding that the Health Ministry is also preparing plans to offer booster shots, based on international practice and guidance of the World Health Organisation (WHO).