HANOI, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 359 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, up 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 11,505,608. The country reported no new deaths from the pandemic on Saturday, with the total fatalities staying at 43,165.

As of Saturday, there were 66 severe cases in need of assisted breathing in the Southeast Asian country, according to the ministry.
Nationwide, 10,604,591 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered.

Nearly 262.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including approximately 222 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.