HANOI, May 10 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 49 new COVID-19 cases, including 47 locally transmitted and two imported infections between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. local time Monday, raising the total confirmed cases in the country to 3,461, according to its Ministry of Health.
The community cases included 23 reported in the Vietnamese capital Hanoi, 10 in northern Bac Giang province and six in northern Hung Yen province, among others.
Most of the cases were contacts of previously confirmed patients or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.
As many as 2,618 patients have so far recovered, up 16 from Sunday, and nearly 59,200 people are being quarantined and monitored over COVID-19, the health ministry said.
Also on Monday, the Buddhist Sangha of Vietnam announced the suspension of all religious activities and mass gatherings in localities with new COVID-19 cases or a high risk of community infections.
Authorities nationwide are implementing stringent measures in a bid to soon contain the outbreaks which involve many fast-spreading mutated strains of the coronavirus.
As of 6:00 p.m. local time Monday, Vietnam has recorded a total of 2,028 domestically transmitted infections, including 458 detected since the start of the latest outbreak on April 29, according to the ministry.