Taking samples for COVID-19 testing (Photo for illustration)

That includes 693 cases of domestic transmission, according to the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

As of January 17, 1,380 patients have recovered from the disease while the number of related fatalities is still kept at 35.

Ten of those still under treatment have tested negative for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, once, another ten twice, and ten others thrice.

There are 17,954 people having close contact with confirmed cases or coming from pandemic-hit regions in quarantine at present.

Source: VNA