Vietnam well being minister Nguyen Thanh Lengthy mentioned on Saturday the nation has detected a brand new variant of the coronavirus, a mixture of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants that spreads rapidly by air, on-line newspaper VnExpress reported.
After efficiently containing the coronavirus for many of final yr, Vietnam is now battling an outbreak that’s spreading extra rapidly.
Almost 3,600 folks have been contaminated in 31 of its 63 cities and provinces since late April, accounting for greater than half of the nation’s whole infections.
“After operating gene sequencing on newly detected sufferers, now we have found a brand new variant that could be a mixture of India and UK ones,” Nguyen Thanh Lengthy was quoted as saying.
“Extra particularly, it’s an Indian variant with mutations that initially belong to the UK variant,” he mentioned. VnExpress quoted Lengthy as saying Vietnam would announce the newly found variant to the world quickly.
Vietnam had beforehand reported seven virus variants: B.1.222, B.1.619, D614G, B.1.1.7 (the UK variant), B.1.351, A.23.1 and B.1.617.2 (the Indian variant).
Laboratory cultures of the brand new variant, which is way more transmissable than the beforehand recognized sorts, revealed that the virus replicated itself in a short time, explaining why so many new instances appeared in numerous places in a brief interval, Lengthy was quoted as saying.
The Southeast Asian nation has registered 6,396 coronavirus instances thus far, with 47 deaths.
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