HANOI, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam's daily new COVID-19 cases hit a new high for the third day in a row with 11,321 reported on Saturday, surpassing the previous record of 10,657 on Friday, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 4,505 in Binh Duong province, 4,084 in Ho Chi Minh City, and 589 in Tien Giang province.
Also on Saturday, Binh Duong province confirmed another 2,118 locally transmitted cases that were detected in previous days. The new infections brought the country's total tally to 336,707, with at least 7,540 deaths, according to the ministry.
As many as 140,087 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered, up 7,272 from Friday, while nearly 16.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide.
As of Saturday, Vietnam has registered a total of 332,626 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said.