HANOI, June 14 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 272 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, including 266 locally transmitted and six imported, bringing the total tally to 10,810, according to the Ministry of Health.
Among the community cases, 236 were reported in quarantine facilities or lockdown areas. In terms of localities, 121 were detected in the northern epidemic hotspot Bac Giang province, 82 in the southern Ho Chi Minh City, 22 in the central Ha Tinh province and 17 in the northern Bac Ninh province.
Most of them are contacts of previously confirmed cases or linked to the clusters of infections in the localities.
Nationwide, as many as 4,236 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered, up 238 from Sunday, and over 196,100 people are being quarantined and monitored.
The ministry said two more COVID-19 patients with critical underlying conditions had died, which took the total deaths related to the coronavirus in the country to 61.
Also on Monday, the Ho Chi Minh City government decided to extend its current social distancing period, which began on May 31, by another two weeks amid ongoing epidemic concerns. The city has reported over 800 local COVID-19 cases since the start of the latest outbreak in late April.
As of Monday, Vietnam has registered a total of 9,168 domestically transmitted COVID-19 cases, including 7,598 detected since late April, according to the health ministry.