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Vietnam confirms 9,518 new local Covid cases

By Le Nga   November 20, 2021 | 04:11 am PT
Vietnam confirms 9,518 new local Covid cases
People release lanterns on Nhieu Loc-Thi Nghe Canal in HCMC to commemorate people who have lost their lives to the Covid-19 pandemic, November 19, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van
Health authorities reported 9,518 domestic cases of Covid-19 in 60 cities and provinces Saturday, down 99 from Friday.

The three localities with the highest number of daily cases were HCMC with 1,046, followed by Binh Duong with 669 and Dong Nai with 621.

The Ministry of Health also recorded 107 deaths on Saturday, including 42 in HCMC, pushing the Covid-19 death toll in the country to 23,685, or 2.2 percent of infections.

16,773 Covid patients were declared free of coronavirus the same day, bringing the total of recovered cases so far to 900,337.

As of Saturday, 40 million of Vietnam's 96 million population have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Since the fourth wave of the pandemic hit in late April, Vietnam has recorded 1,078,616 local cases.

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