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Vietnam reports 682 new COVID-19 cases

HANOI, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 682 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, down by 20 from Friday, according to its ministry of health.

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

The newly reported infections brought the total tally to 11,486,043. The country reported a new death from the pandemic in the capital Hanoi on Saturday, bringing the total fatalities to 43,153.

As of Saturday, there were 70 severe cases in need of assisted breathing in the Southeast Asian country, according to the ministry.

Nationwide, 10,596,187 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered.

More than 260.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including over 220.5 million shots to 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.