Vietnam confirms 15,215 new Covid-19 cases

By Le Nga   December 17, 2021 | 03:54 am PT
Vietnam confirms 15,215 new Covid-19 cases
The Covid-19 testing room in Thanh Nhan Hospital, Hanoi, December 9, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Van Phong
The Health Ministry announced 15,215 new Covid-19 patients Friday in 59 cities and provinces, bringing the number of infections in the fourth wave to more than 1.5 million.

Southern Ben Tre Province recorded the most number of cases at 1,246, followed by Ca Mau with 1,071 cases and HCMC with 1,040 cases.

Most of the new cases were detected in three southern localities: Ben Tre (1,246); Ca Mau (1,071); and HCMC (1,040).

In the past 24 hours, 246 Covid-19 patients have died, including 60 in HCMC.

Since the pandemic started last year, the death toll in Vietnam has climbed to 29,103, or 2 percent of all infections.

On Friday, 31,057 patients have recovered.

In the latest wave that hit the country in late April, more than 1.5 cases have been confirmed and over one million of them have recovered.

So far, over 60 million people have been fully vaccinated.

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