The new infections brought the total tally to 193,381, with 3,016 deaths, the ministry said.
Among the community cases, 4,060 were reported in the southern epicenter Ho Chi Minh City, 1,169 in the nearby southern Binh Duong province, and 859 in the southern Long An province.
Meanwhile, the Vietnamese capital Hanoi will extend its current social distancing measures by another 15 days starting from Sunday as new clusters of Covid-19 infections continue to emerge, local authorities said in a circular released on Friday (Aug 6).
The city started applying the country's strictest social-distancing rules on July 24, but still witnessed complicated development of the epidemic in the past days with community infections, many of which with unknown transmission sources, said Chu Ngoc Anh, chairman of the municipal people's committee, in the circular.
People's negligence and the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus are posing great risks of another round of large-scale infections, according to Anh.
In another development, as many as 62,332 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, up 4,292 from Thursday, while nearly 8.1 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.
As of Friday, Vietnam has registered a total of 191,043 domestically transmitted Covid-19 cases, including 189,473 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, the ministry said.
The current social-distancing rules are in line with Directive 16 of the Vietnamese prime minister, according to which citizens must stay at home and not go out except for necessities and emergencies.
All non-essential activities and public transport have also been halted to curb the spread of the virus, while residents should submit online health declarations daily. - Xinhua