HANOI, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded nine new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, which were all locally transmitted infections, bringing its total tally to 2,392, according to its Ministry of Health.
The new infections included six detected in the quarantine zones in the northern Hai Duong province, the country's largest COVID-19 hotspot at the moment, and three in Hai Duong's neighboring Hai Phong city.
Hai Phong authorities on Monday decided to lock down a local hospital and a hamlet in its Thuy Nguyen district, and implement social distancing rules in several areas for COVID-19 prevention and control.
Across the country, as many as 1,717 patients have been given the all-clear, the ministry said, adding that over 120,800 people are being quarantined and monitored.
The latest wave of COVID-19 infections hit Vietnam on Jan. 28, with 800 community cases so far confirmed in 13 cities and provinces, according to the health ministry.