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Vietnam reports 242 new COVID-19 cases

HANOI, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 242 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down 35 from Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health.

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

The new infections brought the total tally to 11,508,689. The country reported no new deaths from the pandemic on Sunday, with the total fatalities staying at 43,166.

As of Sunday, 38 severe cases were in need of assisted breathing in the Southeast Asian country, according to the ministry.

Nationwide, 10,605,937 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered.

Over 262.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including more than 222.2 million shots on people aged 18 and above, said the ministry.

Vietnam has already recorded COVID-19 infections with Omicron BA.4, BA.5, BA.2.12.1 and BA.2.74 sub-variants and is accelerating the inoculation of its people with a fourth vaccine dose.