HANOI, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 147 new COVID-19 cases from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time Monday, including 144 locally transmitted and three imported, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 4,359, according to its Ministry of Health.
The community cases were all detected in northern and central localities, including 75 in northern Bac Giang province, 38 in northern Bac Ninh province, and seven in central Da Nang city, among others.
Most of them are contacts of previously confirmed patients or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.
The imported cases include a foreign expert and two Vietnamese citizens who recently entered the country from abroad and were quarantined upon arrival.
As many as 2,668 patients have so far recovered, and nearly 108,300 people are being quarantined and monitored.
As of Monday, Vietnam has recorded a total of 2,890 domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 1,320 detected since the start of the latest outbreak in late April, according to the ministry.