VOV.VN - An additional 1,831 fresh infections were confirmed by the Ministry of Health on May 18 across 48 provinces and cities nationwide, thereby raising the national tally since the start of the pandemic to 10,701,796.
Hanoi reported the highest number of new infections on the day with 403 cases, trailed by Vinh Phuc with 139 and Phu Tho with 125.
Of the daily total, 1,830 cases were detected within the community.
The number of recoveries also climbed to 9,373,294 following a further 8,437 COVID-19 cases having fully recovered from the disease.
The latest one fatality brings the Vietnamese death toll up to 43,072, accounting for 0.4% of the national caseload.
Furthermore, over 217.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered throughout the country to date, of which more than 2.781 million have been given to children aged five to 11.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has requested that localities nationwide finalise the COVID-19 vaccination for children aged from five to under 12, as well as completing the administration of the third shot for people over 18 by the second quarter of the year.
Most notably, the majority of people age 12 and above have received their basic vaccine shots so far.
The ministry has continued to closely monitor the pandemic situation and the appearance of new strains and regularly discuss with the World Health Organization to update timely and accurate information regarding fresh variants.