May 30,(Reuters) Vietnam: 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.
Vietnam’s Health Minister Ngyuen Thanh Long says Vietnam has uncovered a new Covid-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in India and the UK adding that the hybrid variant is very dangerous.
Long said Vietnam would soon publish genome data of the newly identified variant, which he said was more transmissible than the previously known types.