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Vietnam reports 673 new COVID-19 cases

HANOI, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 673 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, up by 348 from Sunday, according to its ministry of health.

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

The newly reported infections brought the total tally to 11,493,271. The country reported two new deaths from the pandemic in the central coastal Binh Thuan and southern Tay Ninh provinces on Monday, bringing the total fatalities to 43,157.

As of Monday, there were 92 severe cases in need of assisted breathing in the Southeast Asian country, according to the ministry.

Nationwide, 10,599,201 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered.

Nearly 260.6 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including more than 220.7 million shots on people aged 18 and above, said the ministry.

Vietnam has already recorded COVID-19 infections with the 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.