Vietnam detects new covid variant, hybrid of Indian and UK Covid-19 variants

Panic strikes Vietnam as it faces an outbreak of a new coronavirus variant, spreads quickly in the air, and concentration of coronavirus in the throat fluid increases rapidly; that spreads strongly towards the surrounding environment. Image source: NDTV Amidst the struggle of dealing with the first outbreak of Coronavirus, and successfully containing the virus, receiving widespread applause for its aggressive pandemic response, with strict measures taken i.e. mass quarantines and strict contact tracing helping keep infection rates relatively low, Vietnam has discovered a new variant, which is a hybrid of strains first found in India and Britain. Vietnam has found a brand new Covid-19 variant that may be a hybrid of strains first present in India and the UK. Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, on Saturday, confirmed in a national meeting, regarding the new hybrid variant of covid and further characterized it as very harmful. The Southeast Asian country previously detected 7 virus variant B.1.222, B.1.619, D614G, B.1.1.7 - known as the UK variant, B.1.351, A.23.1, and B.1.617.2 - the "Indian variant". The ministry of health said Vietnam will soon publish genome details of the new hybrid variant which is highly transmissible, he further mentioned the laboratory cultures of the brand new variant confirmed the virus replicated itself in a short time, presumably explaining why so many new instances had appeared in many components of Vietnam in a brief time period, officers mentioned. Vietnam's Central Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology said in a statement Saturday that its scientists had detected gene mutations in four out of 32 patient samples through gene sequencing. Officials are concerned because this variant has contributed to the sudden spike in cases. The hybrid variant spreads faster through the air and replicates itself quickly. The World Wellbeing Group (WHO) has categorized four variants under SARS-CoV-2 of worldwide concern, these include variants that emerged in Africa, Brazil, Britain, and India. The WHO’s current understanding is that the variant found in Vietnam is more likely to be a mutated version of the Indian variant. The health ministry has assured that the government is working to secure 10 million vaccine doses under the COVAX cost-sharing scheme, as well as a further 20 million doses of PfiIndianzer's (PFE. N) vaccine and 40 million of Russia's Sputnik V. Currently, the country of 98 million people has received 2.9 million doses and aims to achieve 150 million this year.

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