Ho Chih Minh City leads Vietnam's Covid-19 tally on Friday (June 18) with highest daily increase

Medical workers take Covid-19 samples from residents in residential area No 1 in Ward 15, HCM City's Go Vap District on Friday (June 18, 2021). Vietnam News/ANN

HO CHI MINH CITY, June 18 (Vietnam News/ANN): Ho Chi Minh City broke its record daily increase of new Covid-19 cases on Friday with 149 locally-transmitted infections. A day earlier, it reported 137 cases, according to the Health Ministry.

Vietnam confirmed 264 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday (June 18), including five imported and 259 locally-transmitted infections.

Among the domestic infections, 149 were found in HCM City, 76 in Bac Giang, 16 in Bac Ninh, 12 in Binh Duong, three in Hà Tĩnh, two in Hòa Bình and one in Lào Cai. Of them, 232 were detected in quarantine or locked down areas.

So far, the country has recorded 12, 414 Covid-19 cases, including 10, 755 domestic and 1, 669 imported infections. The number of cases since the fourth wave of the pandemic began on April 27 has reached 9, 172.

The ministry said as many as 4, 733 patients have recovered from Covid-19 so far, as 80 of them were given the all-clear on Friday. Meanwhile the death toll reached 62 as the latest death was reported on Friday afternoon.

Twenty-four provinces have gone 14 days without detecting new cases.

By Friday evening, nearly two million vaccine doses have been administered, with 89, 833 people fully vaccinated with two shots. About 14-20 per cent of the vaccinated people experienced post-vaccination reactions, equal to the proportion stated by vaccine producers and the World Health Organisation.

It was also learnt that most of them are contacts of previously confirmed cases or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.

The ministry also said on Friday that a 71-year-old Covid-19 patient with many underlying conditions had died, which took the total number of deaths related to the coronavirus in the country to 62.

As of Friday, Vietnam has registered a total of 10, 742 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 9, 172 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the health ministry. - Vietnam News/ANN

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