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Vietnam reports 2,545 new COVID-19 cases

HANOI, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 2,545 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, up 617 from Thursday, according to the Ministry of Health.

All the new cases were locally transmitted, said the ministry.

The newly reported infections brought the total tally to 11,470,164. The country reported no new deaths from the pandemic on Friday, with the total fatalities staying at 43,146.

As of Friday, there were 154 severe cases in need of assisted breathing in the Southeast Asian country, according to the ministry.

Nationwide, 10,585,266 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered.

Approximately 259.8 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including nearly 220.4 million shots on people aged 18 and above, said the ministry.