Vietnam records 9,716 new COVID-19 cases along with 4,247 recoveries

VOV.VN - The Ministry of Health recorded an additional 9,716 COVID-19 infections, including 6 imported ones, over the past 24 hours to 6 p.m. on August 14, a rise of 536 from the previous day.

Ho Chi Minh City, the epicentre of the ongoing fourth coronavirus wave, and the southern province of Binh Duong reported the highest number of infections at 4,231, and 2,029, followed by Dong Nai (1,023), Long An (653), Tien Giang (461), Khanh Hoa (164), Can Tho (164), and Dong Thap (118).

Other domestic cases were detected in the nation’s remaining 32 localities.

Of the new cases, 3,510 were recorded in the community, whilst 6,200 were detected in quarantine zones or in areas in isolation.

As of the afternoon of August 14, the nation has documented a total of 265,464 infections, including 2,431 imported and 263,033 domestic cases.

The number of new infections recorded nationwide during the fourth wave of COVID-19 outbreaks which started in late April rose to 261,463 of which 94,211 patients have since been declared free from the disease.

The number of recoveries also rose by 4,247 to reach 96,985, while the death toll increased to 5,437, with 349 fatalities confirmed across 16 localities.

Over 13.7 million people nationwide received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 1.2 million have been fully vaccinated so far.

Meanwhile, the central cities of Da Nang and Nha Trang have issued decisions banning people from leaving their homes for a week with tougher restrictions being implemented amid rising local infections.

The order will be effective from 8 a.m. on August 16, giving people at least two days to arrange their work, along with purchasing food and other essential goods.

Da Nang, generally considered the nation’s third city after Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, has recorded 1,946 infections during the ongoing wave that initially struck the country in late April.

The coastal town of Nha Trang in the central province of Khanh Hoa, began a similar seven-day lockdown from August 14, with infections climbing above 2,000.

Vietnam is currently facing its most challenging COVID-19 outbreak so far, largely caused by the Delta variant which has forced localities to impose travel restrictions and tighten lockdown measures to contain the pandemic.