In addition a further four cases were added to the infection tally relating to imported cases, raising the figure of cases brought in from abroad to 2,182.
Among the morning’s tally, Ho Chi Minh City, the current biggest epicenter of the virus recorded 1,714 cases, trailed by the southern provinces of Binh Duong (407), Tien Giang (201), and Dong Nai (125), while 15 other localities reported two-digit or single-digit local infections.
Of all the cases confirmed, 2,197 are in quarantine zones and areas under lockdown and the remaining 507 were detected in the community with unknown sources of transmission.
As of 6 am on July 26, the nation documented a total 98,991 domestic infections, with 67,473 local ones recorded during the latest wave of coronavirus outbreaks.
The country’s daily infection tally has incessantly surpassed the 7,000 mark over recent days, with HCM City remaining the biggest coronavirus hotspot that has registered more than 62,000 positive local cases so far.
Amidst the increasingly complicated developments of the pandemic, many localities across the nation have enforced an array of stricter pandemic measures. Notably, both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's two biggest cities, have been imposing tougher social distancing restrictions which come into force for at least 15 days.
According to HCM City Mayor Nguyen Thanh Phong, the city will ban people from going out between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next day starting from July 26.
The decision was made as the southern metropolis has been logged thousands of fresh active cases on a daily basis despite going through 17 days of social distancing under the Government’s Directive 16.
The same day, the Treatment Sub-Committee under the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control announced 154 more deaths relating to COVID-19, taking the overall number of fatalities in Vietnam to 524. The latest deaths were recorded from July 8-25 across 10 provinces and cities.
The total number of recoveries in the country has now increased to 19,342 after a further 1,755 coronavirus patients were discharged from hospital on July 25.
More than 4.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered nationwide, with close to 390,000 people having receiving full two jabs.