Besides, a further 2 cases were added to the infection tally relating to imported cases, raising the figure of cases brought in from abroad to 2,101.
Among the morning’s tally, Ho Chi Minh City, the current biggest epicenter of the virus discovered 2,433 cases, trailed by the southern provinces of Long An Duong and Binh Duong with 233 and 64, respectively. The remaining cases were recorded in 15 other localities.
Since the recurrence of the virus, the central province of Quang Binh has recorded the first 2 cases which are all F1contacts with infected patients, and have been put into isolation.
Of the new cases, 181 were recorded in the community and the rest inside areas in quarantine or under lockdown.
As of 6 am on July 22, the nation counted a total 71,144, with 67,473 local infections detected during the latest wave of coronavirus outbreaks.
On July 21, a total of 5,343 local cases were registered, second highest in the pandemic behind three days earlier with 5,887 cases.
The total number of recoveries has now amounted to 11,971 after a further 528 coronavirus patients were discharged from hospital one day earlier.
Over 4.36 million people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 to date, of which more than 4 million have received one shot, and nearly 325,000 got two jabs. As many as 31,220 people were inoculated against COVID-19 on July 21 alone.
Chairing a recent online meeting with the Health Ministry’s forces that are assisting HCM City, and some southern provinces, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long emphasized the top priority given to reducing COVID-19 infections and fatalities, as the pandemic is anticipated to develop more complicatedly in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities in the time to come, with the growing number of infections, especially critical ones.
Those in critical conditions will undergo treatment at medical facilities with ICUs or municipal COVID-19 ICU hospital. Meanwhile, the others will be admitted to temporary hospitals or district-level healthcare facilities, Long said, adding that the classification is seen as a better way to improve COVID-19 treatment efficiency.
Regarding the pandemic situation in HCM City, according to Phan Van Mai, Deputy Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, the city will continue enforcing the Government's Directive 16 as the pandemic situation remains complicated.
The overall number of local infections in the southern metropolis has rose to more than 43,700 to date in the ongoing COVID-19 wave.