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Vietnam reports 1,337 new COVID-19 cases

HANOI, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 1,337 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, up by 714 from Tuesday, according to its ministry of health.

Among the new cases, one was imported and the rest were all locally transmitted, said the health ministry.

The newly reported infections brought the total tally to 11,495,231. The country reported a new death from the pandemic in the southern Soc Trang province on Wednesday, bringing the total fatalities to 43,159.

As of Wednesday, there were 54 severe cases in need of assisted breathing in the Southeast Asian country, according to the ministry.

Nationwide, 10,599,925 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered.

More than 260.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including approximately 220.9 million shots on people aged 18 and above, said the ministry.