HANOI, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 4,589 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, the first time the number was below 5,000 since July 20, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
The new infections included 4,583 locally transmitted and six imported, taking the country's total tally to 770,640, with 18,936 deaths, the ministry said.
Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 2,575 in Binh Duong province, 787 in Dong Nai province, and 377 in Ho Chi Minh City.
As many as 559,941 Covid-19 patients have so far recovered, up 21,487 from Monday, while over 40 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.
As of Tuesday, Vietnam has registered a total of 766,110 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said.
Deputy Prime Minister Vu Đuc Dam has asked Ho Chi Minh City officials to take great precautions adjusting Covid-19 prevention measures in compiling its directive on relaxing social distancing measures from Friday (Oct 1).
Speaking at a meeting with city leaders on the directive, which is currently being drafted, Deputy PM Dam told the city to be committed to enforcing pandemic prevention measures and focus on priority activities when it reopens.
It must also aim to continue to reduce the number of cases and deaths.
The number of new cases and deaths has begun to drop. More than 95 per cent of adults (aged 18 and above) have received at least one vaccine dose and 33 per cent are fully vaccinated in the city. - Xinhua