HANOI, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 63 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time Sunday, including 60 locally transmitted and three imported ones, raising the total tally to 4,175.
The Vietnamese Ministry of Health said the community infections were all detected in lockdown areas and quarantine facilities in northern and central localities, including 24 in the northern Bac Ninh province, 12 in the central Da Nang city and eight in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.
Most of them were found to be contacts of previously confirmed cases or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.
The imported cases were all Vietnamese citizens who recently entered the country from abroad and were quarantined upon arrival.
A total of 187 new community cases were confirmed in the Southeast Asian country on Sunday, the highest daily tally since the pandemic hit Vietnam early last year, showed the official data.
As many as 2,668 patients have so far recovered in Vietnam, and nearly 104,100 people are being quarantined and monitored over the coronavirus epidemic, the health ministry said.
As of Sunday, Vietnam had recorded a total of 2,709 domestically transmitted cases, including 1,139 detected since the start of the latest outbreak of COVID-19 in late April, according to the ministry.