More than 20,000 new COVID-19 cases confirmed over 24-hour period

VOV.VN - A total 20,076 new COVID-19 infections were recorded on April 15 across 61 cities and provinces nationwide, marking a fall of 2,936 from the previous day, the Ministry of Health reported.

The majority of the new cases were detected in Hanoi at 1,425, trailed by Phu Tho province with 1,094 cases, and Bac Giang province with 935 cases.

The past 24 hours has seen 23 deaths relating to COVID-19, thereby pushing up the country’s total death toll to more than 42,924, or 0.4 % of all infections since the pandemic initially broke out last year.

Following the fourth wave of infections which hit the country in late April, more than 2.18 million cases have since been detected, whilst over 1.92 million people have now recovered from the pandemic.

The same day also saw the Ministry of Health announce the full recovery of a further 6,417 COVID-19 patients after they were declared to be free from the virus, duly elevating the total number of recoveries up to 8,863,044.

As of April 14 the country had injected more than 209 million COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Meanwhile, the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology has decided to allocate 921,600 doses of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine donated by the Australian Government to vaccinate children from five to under 12 years old across the country.

In line with the vaccine allocation decision issued by the Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology, Hanoi will receive 72,700 doses to immunize children in this age group, with vaccinations set to begin on April 17.

Elsewhere, Ho Chi Minh City started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign for children aged five to under 12 on April 15, with the inoculation process expected to be finalized by September this year.