Vietnam confirms 8,622 new COVID-19 cases and nearly 300 deaths

  • Vietnam records second-highest daily COVID-19 increase on Friday, adds nearly 300 deaths.
  • A further 3,704 patients have been given the all clear today, bringing the total recoveries to 35,484.
  • 5,529,898 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country.

Another 8,622 domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases were recorded in Vietnam on Friday, along with 27 imported cases in the past 24 hours, making this the second-highest daily increase in cases since the beginning of the pandemic, pushing the total in the fourth wave to 133,257.

The business hub of HCM City continued to top the national case count with 4,282 new patients, bringing the southern city’s caseload to more than 86,000 since late April, as the authorities are set to extend current strict lockdown measures beyond August 1 for another one to two weeks.

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The next four localities with biggest daily increases are Bình Dương (1,920), Long An (469), Đồng Nai (360), and Tiền Giang (242) – all in the southern region which has also been placed under strict social distancing in line with the Government’s Directive 16 along with HCM City since mid-July, Vietnam News Agency reported.

1,702 among the new cases announced on Friday are logged as community cases.

298 deaths occurring between July 16-30 have been added to the national register on Friday, with HCM City accounting for the majority (254) and the remainder split between mostly southern localities, according to the report from the treatment subcommittee of the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

This is the biggest daily increase so far, bringing the death toll in the country to 1,161.

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According to the report, number of patients in intensive care units (ICU) is currently 411, up significantly from yesterday’s 346 and the 221 from the day before. 21 COVID-19 patients are in critical condition, and on life support.

A further 3,704 patients have been given the all clear today, bringing the total recoveries to 35,484.

5,529,898 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country by the end of Thursday, with 546,402 people having been fully inoculated, according to Vietnam News Agency.

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