Brazil Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported 370 deaths related to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the national death toll to 650,000 while Vietnam's daily COVID-19 tally hit new record of 118,790 cases on Thursday; Tonga reports 290 new positive COVID-19 cases as well.

Iran Press/Health: In the same day, 30,995 new COVID-19 infections were reported, raising the total caseload to 28,842,160.

The COVID-19 mortality rate in the country was 309 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the incidence rate rose to 13,725 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Brazil has the second-highest COVID-19 death toll in the world, surpassed only by the United States.

The South American country had managed to reduce deaths and infections in the second half of last year thanks to mass vaccination, but the spread of the Omicron variant has caused a new surge.

Vietnam's daily COVID-19 tally hit new record of 118,790 cases

The daily COVID-19 tally in Vietnam surged to a new high of 118,790 cases on Thursday, an increase of 8,489 cases from the previous record set on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health.

The new infections, logged in 62 localities nationwide, included 118,780 domestically transmitted and 10 imported cases.

Vietnamese capital Hanoi remained the epidemic hotspot with a record 18,661 cases reported on Thursday, followed by the central Nghe An province with 6,152 cases, and the northern Bac Ninh province with 5,648 cases.

Meanwhile, the health authorities also recorded 57,360 COVID-19 cases detected earlier in the northern provinces of Hai Duong and Thai Binh.

The new infections brought the total tally to 3,885,631 with 40,547 deaths in the Southeast Asian country. Nationwide, as many as 2,550,525 COVID-19 patients, or 66 percent of the infections, have so far recovered from the pandemic.

Around 195.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including 178.9 million shots for people aged 18 and above, said the ministry.

Vietnam has by far gone through four coronavirus waves of increasing scale, complication and infectivity. As of Thursday, it has registered nearly 3.9 million locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since the start of the current wave in April 2021, said the health ministry.

Tonga reports 290 new positive COVID-19 cases 

Tonga reported 290 new COVID-19 cases in recent days, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in the South Pacific island nation to 645.

According to Tonga's news website Matangi Tonga Online on Thursday night, Tonga's Minister for Health Saia Piukala confirmed that the new cases were reported between last Friday and Thursday.

Of the 645 COVID-19 cases, 637 were reported on Tonga's main island of Tongatapu, the minister said, adding that Tonga now has 342 active COVID-19 cases.

The minister urged Tongans to keep social distancing of two meters, wash or sanitize hands often, and wear a mask in efforts to reduce the spread of the Omicron variant of the virus.

The minister said that the new target population for vaccination in Tonga has increased from 76,911 to 79,806, which also means vaccination rates in the island nation have slightly fell.

Tonga has a population of more than 100,000. Currently, about 88 percent of Tonga's target population have received their second dose, 97 percent have received their first dose, and 40 percent have received their booster shot.


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