Vietnam says it has detected a new variant of coronavirus that is a hybrid of the Covid-19 virus variants first found in India and the United Kingdom and that is easily transmitted by air.
In remarks Saturday quoted by state-controlled media, Nguyen Thanh Long, the country’s health minister, said genetic sequencing by the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology had detected at least four Covid-19 patients carrying the hybrid variant. just identified.
Le Thi Quynh Mai, deputy head of the institute, said the hybrid had not yet been registered by GISAID, the global initiative focused on sharing information on influenza and other viruses, and did not even have a given name.
Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh reports called “Urgent response measures amid the complex developments of the pandemic,” which is spreading today in the industrial parks in the heart of Vietnam’s export-oriented economy, led by the IDE.
U Variant B.1.617.2 found for the first time in India is, according to global health officials, more easily transmitted than the other variants detected earlier. The B.1.1.7 found for the first time in the UK has been blamed for the severe wave of the virus that swept across the country last winter.
According to u World Health Organization, The likelihood that a mutated virus will increase when it circulates widely in a population and cause many infections.
Vietnam’s announcement comes as the next communist communist country, that was praise last year by international health officials to contain Covid-19 successfully, counting on its strongest tip even in new infections.
The number of cases more than doubled this month to more than 6,900 with 47 deaths reported. The blast has prompted officials to impose new locks in a country where for most of last year life and business had returned largely to normall.
Long said Vietnam’s new wave of infections was characterized by multiple sources of infection and the presence of different variants of coronavirus. He said it is spreading rapidly in industrial areas, including in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang, provinces attached to the capital Hanoi where Samsung, Foxconn, and other foreign investors have factories.
Vietnam’s struggle with new infections and the hybrid variant comes at a time when other Asian countries that contain the spread of the virus during the first phase of the pandemic, including Taiwan and Thailand, are fighting growing infections.
Vietnamese authorities have vaccinated about 1m of the country’s 98 million people with the AstraZeneca vaccine, and have ordered more doses of the jab and Pfizer vaccine with the purpose to have 150m doses of vaccine available this year.
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