Vietnam’s total confirmed coronavirus cases surpass 100,000

HANOI (XINHUA) – Vietnam reported 2,708 new COVID-19 cases between 7pm on Sunday and 6am yesterday, taking the total tally in the country to 101,173, according to the country’s Ministry of Health.

The number included 97,421 registered since April 27, when the latest COVID-19 outbreak started in the country.

The southern Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) remained the epicentre with 1,714 new infections during the 11-hour period, followed by the southern provinces of Binh Duong and Kien Giang with 407 and 201 new cases.

A total of 4.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered nationwide, the ministry said, while only 389,863 were the second doses of recipients.

Amid the severe epidemic situation, HCMC imposed a citywide curfew starting from yesterday evening, which prohibits all outside movements from 6pm to 6am the next day.

The Vietnamese capital Hanoi has been applying the country’s strictest social distancing rules since Saturday under the government’s Directive 16, which includes a stay-at-home order, a ban on gatherings of more than two people and the suspension of most public transport.