The Ministry of Health documented an additional 8,681 coronavirus cases across Vietnam on Monday, along with 6,821 discharged patients and 215 fatalities.
Thirty-eight provinces and cities logged 8,668 domestic cases, the lowest daily rise in a month, while the country reported 13 separate imported infections, the health ministry said.
The ministry had registered 10,025 locally-infected patients on Sunday.
Over 6,100 of the latest domestic cases were found in the community, with the remaining detected in cordoned-off areas or centralized quarantine facilities.
Ho Chi Minh City recorded 5,171 local infections, down by 325 patients from yesterday; Binh Duong Province 1,410, down by 922; Dong Nai Province 869; Long An Province 268; Tien Giang Province 211; Kien Giang Province 175; Dak Lak Province 113; An Giang Province 100; Can Tho City 48; Hanoi nine; and Da Nang three.
Vietnam has confirmed 691,285 community transmissions in 62 out of its 63 provinces and cities since the fourth – and worst – virus wave emerged in the country on April 27.
Ho Chi Minh City tops the table with 341,699 patients, followed by Binh Duong Province with 179,705, Dong Nai Province with 40,842, Long An Province with 30,596, Tien Giang Province with 13,270, Dong Thap Province with 8,091, Khanh Hoa Province with 7,542, Da Nang with 4,859, Hanoi with 4,166, and Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province with 4,075.
By comparison, Vietnam detected a combined 1,570 locally-transmitted infections in the previous three waves.
The health ministry announced 6,821 recoveries on Monday, bringing the total to 464,326.
The toll has surged to 17,305 deaths after the ministry documented 215 fatalities on the same day, including 163 in Ho Chi Minh City and 36 in Binh Duong Province.
Vietnam has reported 695,744 patients since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit it early last year.
Health workers have administered about 34.5 million vaccine doses, including 432,575 shots on Sunday, since inoculation was rolled out on March 8.
More than 6.6 million people have been fully vaccinated.
Health authorities aim to immunize at least two-thirds of a population of nearly 98 million people against COVID-19 by the first quarter of next year.
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