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COVID-19: 593 more cases detected overnight

An additional 598 COVID-19 cases were added to the national tally over the past 12 hours from 6pm on July 9 to 6am July 10, raising the caseload to 26,608.

Among the new infections, five were imported. Up to 520 cases were recorded in Ho Chi Minh City, while the remainders were found in Dong Nai (18), Khanh Hoa (15), Ba Ria-Vung Tau (11), An Giang (10), Phu Yen (8), Binh Phuoc (4), Ben Tre, Hanoi and Thanh Hoa (two each) and Tay Ninh (1).

The ministry’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department said 8,984 patients have recovered, and the national COVID-19 death toll rose to 110.

Among active patients, 333 have tested negative to the coronavirus once, 203 twice, and 80 thrice.

Another 35,914 people were vaccinated on July 9. As of 4:00pm on July 9, a total 4,010,786 vaccine doses had been administered. A total of 258,274 people have received full two shots.

Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long has signed off a plan for implementing the national COVID-19 vaccination drive from now to April 2022.

The plan, taking effect on July 8, will be updated based on real-time pandemic developments and the vaccine supply, and it will serve as the basis for agencies and localities to make and carry out their inoculation plans.

The list of groups given priority in COVID-19 vaccination has been expanded in the largest-ever immunisation campaign of Vietnam.

The country looks to have about 70 percent of the population inoculated to achieve herd immunity by late 2021 or early 2022.

To that end, it is necessary to engage various forces in the drive such as healthcare, military, and public security forces and to conduct vaccination simultaneously at vaccination establishments, both public and private ones, nationwide, the ministry said.

It targets that at least 50 percent of people aged 18 and above will be vaccinated against COVID-19 in 2021, and more than 70 percent of the population will get the shots by the end of the first quarter next year./.