Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s current largest pandemic hotspot, logged the majority of the new cases, with 3,302 infections. It was followed by southern Long An province, with 223 cases and central Da Nang city which recorded 47 infections.
As many as 191 cases were detected in the community.
The northern province of Lai Chau reported its first locally-transmitted case in the current wave of outbreaks. The patient recently returned from Ho Chi Minh City.
As of July 23 morning, the national tally amounted to 78,269, including 2,219 imported ones. The number of cases since the fourth wave of infections hit the country on April 27 reached 74,570.
As many as 13,421 patients have recovered from COVID-19.
More than 4.41 million doses of COVID-19 have been administered, and 334,560 people had fully received two shots.
In an effort to reduce the rate of fatality and provide timely treatment for COVID-19 patients, the MoH plans to set up 30 regional and five national intensive care units across the country, each of them will have between 500 and 1,000 beds.
As of 5pm on July 22, the COVID-19 vaccine fund had received nearly VND8.23 trillion (US$357.38 million) from 470,150 organisations and individuals, according to the fund’s management board.