HANOI, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam recorded 204 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, down 189 from the previous day, according to the country's Ministry of Health.

This is the lowest daily figure recorded in the past 40 days, said the ministry, noting that all the new cases were locally transmitted.

The new infections brought the total tally to 11,517,722. The Southeast Asian country reported no new deaths from the pandemic on Sunday, with the total fatalities staying at 43,177.

As of Sunday, 56 severe cases were in need of assisted breathing, and 10,608,922 COVID-19 patients, or over 92 percent of the total infections, have recovered, according to the ministry.

More than 264.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in the country, including over 223.1 million shots to 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.