Vietnam detects new COVID variant; says it’s airborne

On Saturday, Vietnam announced the detection of a new COVID-19 variant, adding that it can spread by air.

As per VnExpress, Vietnam declared the detection of a new airborne COVID-19 variant on Saturday.

The Vietnamese health minister, Nguyen Thanh Long told that this new virus variant has features in the middle of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants. This new COVID-19 variant has reportedly infected more than 3,600 people in 31 of its 63 cities, making it more than half of the country’s total population.

“After running gene sequencing on newly detected patients, we have discovered a new variant that is a mix of India and UK ones,” Nguyen Thanh Long said.

“More specifically, it is an Indian variant with mutations that originally belong to the UK variant,” he added. VnExpress further quoted Long that Vietnam would make the official announcement of the newly discovered variant to the world soon.

This novel outbreak is very severe, after Vietnam’s successful attempt to keep the virus at bay for most of last year.

As a record, Vietnam had 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).

The Laboratory cultures of the new Vietnamese variant suggest its tendency towards rapid replication, shedding light on the transmission.

In total, the country has 6,396 registered coronavirus cases with 47 deaths.

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