Covid-19: Vietnam detects new UK-Indian Variant

May 30, 2021


Here is another piece of news to make 2021 even worse.

Authorities in Vietnam have detected a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants and spreads quickly by air, the health minister said on Saturday.

After successfully containing the virus for most of last year, Vietnam is grappling with a rise in infections since late April that accounts for more than half of the total 6,856 registered cases. So far, there have been 47 deaths.  Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long described the latest mutation on Saturday as “very dangerous”. Minister Nguyen said Vietnam would soon publish genome data of the newly identified variant, which he said was more transmissible than the previously known types. He said the new hybrid variant was more transmissible than previously known versions, especially in the air. He said it was discovered after running tests on newly-detected patients, online newspaper VnExpress reported.

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