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Vietnam reports 685 new COVID-19 cases

HANOI, June 5 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 685 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down 196 from Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health.

All the new infections were domestically transmitted cases reported in 36 provinces and cities.

The Vietnamese capital Hanoi was the pandemic hotspot with 207 new cases recorded on Sunday, followed by the northern provinces of Yen Bai with 79 cases and Vinh Phuc with 46 cases.

The newly registered infections brought the total tally to 10,725,239 with 43,080 deaths. Nationwide, as many as 9,504,955 COVID-19 patients, or nearly 89 percent of the infections, have so far recovered.

More than 222 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the Southeast Asian country, including over 199.7 million shots on people aged 18 and above, according to the ministry.

Vietnam has by far gone through four coronavirus waves of increasing scale, complication, and infectivity. As of Sunday, it has registered more than 10.7 million locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since the start of the current wave of infections in April 2021, said the ministry.