The country has recorded 1,074 SARS-CoV-2 infections so far. Of the total, 691 were locally-transmitted cases, including 551 linked with Da Nang city since the latest coronavirus wave hit the locality on July 25. As many as 999 patients have recovered while the fatalities remain at 35.
Most of the fatalities were the elderly with serious underlying health conditions. Among the patients still under treatment, three have tested negative for the virus once, four twice and 12 thrice. There are 16,829 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from the pandemic-hit regions under quarantine at present, including 272 in hospitals, 10,995 in other quarantine sites, and 5,562 at home.
As the COVID-19 pandemic can return at any time, the Ministry of Health recommended people wear face masks in crowded places, and wash hands with soap or hand sanitiser regularly.