HANOI, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam reported 11,527 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, including 11,525 locally transmitted and two imported, according to the country's Ministry of Health.
The new infections brought the country's total tally to 718,963, with 17,781 deaths, the ministry said.
Most of the community cases were detected in southern localities, including 5,435 in the epicenter Ho Chi Minh City, 4,179 in the nearby Binh Duong province, and 930 in Dong Nai province.
As many as 487,262 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered, up 11,919 from Tuesday, while nearly 35.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered nationwide, according to the ministry.
As of Wednesday, Vietnam has registered a total of 714,497 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases since the start of the current wave in late April, the ministry said.