Vietnam records 14,822 new local Covid cases

By Le Nga   January 1, 2022 | 05:01 am PT
Vietnam records 14,822 new local Covid cases
Streets near Hanoi Opera House are almost vacant on New Year's Eve, December 31, 2021. Photo by VnExpress/ Giang Huy
Vietnam reported 14,822 new Covid-19 cases in 62 cities and provinces Saturday, and another five Omicron cases among foreign arrivals.

The number of new cases in the past 24 hours decreased by 1,654 nationwide compared to Friday. Hanoi continues to lead the number of infections with 1,748 cases, followed by Vinh Long with 1,223 cases and Tay Ninh with 947 cases.

HCMC reported 569 new cases.

The average number of new cases recorded in the past week is 15,232 cases per day.

The coronavirus tally in the fourth wave since late April is 1,740,340 cases.

Vietnam has recorded 20 Omicron cases so far, who were passengers arriving in Hanoi, Da Nang and HCMC from overseas. The five new cases, confirmed in HCMC Saturday, have tested negative after arriving on December 21-25.

With 216 new deaths recorded, the total number of deaths in Vietnam is 32,610, accounting for 1.9 percent of the total number of infections. The average number of deaths recorded in the past week is 222.

Vietnam ranked 26 globally and sixth in Asia in fatalities. Regarding the number of deaths per million people, it ranked 131st globally and 26th in Asia.

2.990 Covid patients were confirmed recovered Saturday, bringing the number of recovered cases to 1,358,276 cases.

The number of severe cases has dropped to less than 7,000 cases.

Around 77.6 million people have received their first Covid-19 vaccine shots, 68.8 million have received their second shots and 5.7 million have received their third shots, including those receiving the third shot of the three-shot combo of Cuba's Abdala vaccine.

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