247 new COVD-19 cases confirmed, HCM City remains largest hotspot hinh anh 1Transporting a patient to Cho Ray hospital's treatment area (Photo: VNA) 

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam logged 247 more local COVID-19 infections between 6am and 12:30pm on July 5, the Ministry of Health (MoH) announced.

Ho Chi Minh City, which is the country’s current largest pandemic hotspot, recorded most of the infections, with 196 cases.

It was followed by the provinces of Binh Duong with 17 cases, Long An 13, Phu Yen six, Bac Giang four, Vinh Long and Dong Thap three each, Quang Ngai and Ha Tinh two each, and Bac Ninh one.

Of the new infections, 220 were found in quarantine sites or sealed-off areas.

The new cases brought the national tally to 20,508, including 18,650 domestic and 1,858 imported cases.

There were 17,080 cases recorded since April 27, when the fourth outbreak began.

A total of 7,819 patients have been given the all-clear from coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, while the death toll now stands at 90.

The four latest deaths confirmed on July 5 consisted of three women and a man aged between 68 and 88 with serious underlying health conditions.

Among active patients still undergoing treatment, 313 have tested negative to the virus once, 132 twice, and 74 thrice./.