HANOI, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 702 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, down 428 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 11,485,361. The country reported one new death from the pandemic in the northern Quang Ninh province on Friday, bringing the total fatalities to 43,152.
As of Friday, there were 73 severe cases in need of assisted breathing in the Southeast Asian country, according to the ministry.
Nationwide, 10,595,796 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 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. ■