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Vietnam reports 581 new COVID-19 cases

HANOI, Dec. 1 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 581 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, up 96 from Wednesday, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

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

The new infections brought the country's total tally to 11,516,489. The Southeast Asian country reported one new death from the pandemic in the southern city of Can Tho on Thursday, bringing the total fatalities to 43,176.

As of Thursday, 45 severe cases were in need of assisted breathing nationwide, and 10,608,577 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered, according to the ministry.

Nearly 264.5 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including roughly 223 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.