Daily COVID-19 infections skyrocket to more than 162,000 in Vietnam

VOV.VN - As many as 162,435 people have tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus in 62 cities and provinces across Vietnam during the past 24 hours, the Ministry of Health (MoH) reported on March 8.

The national daily count for March 8 represents an increase of 15,080 cases compared to the previous day, the MoH said in its coronavirus update at 6pm.

Of the total, 104,353 cases were detected in the community, 20 people tested positive upon returning from overseas, and the remainder were documented in the lockdown and isolation areas.

The capital city of Hanoi topped localities in infection number as 32,650 cases were reported during the day, an increase of more than 300 cases compared to the March 7 figure.

Notably, the last 24 hours saw the central province of Nghe An record 15,292 new cases, up 5,139 cases against the previous day.

Other localities that present the highest increase in daily infection numbers are Hai Phong and Bac Ninh that registered 3,871 and 10,731 cases respectively, up 2,924 and 2,858 cases.   

The same day the MoH announced an additional 70,902 recoveries and 86 more COVID-19 related deaths.

As of 06pm on March 8, Vietnam has detected 4,776,873 COVID-19 cases since the start of the outbreak, ranking 21st out of 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Of the infected patients, 2,789,342 have been discharged from hospital after making a full recovery from the disease, and 40,977 patients have died of the virus.

More than 198 million vaccine doses have been administered nationwide.