Vietnam – The New Hybrid Virus Variant

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Since January 2020, thousands of variations or mutations of the coronavirus have been recognized. 

It has been a year since the virus broke down our lives, and since then it has found the opportunity to mutate and has developed new variants that are even more contagious than the previous one. 

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Vietnam - The New Hybrid Virus Variant
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Vietnam reported having detected a new coronavirus variation or mutant on Saturday, 29th May 2021. According to its Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long, claimed that the latest developments show, that this mutant is “very dangerous.” It is believed to be more “contagious” or “transmissible” than the ones that were recognized previously and spread quickly through the air. 

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Vietnam - The New Hybrid Virus Variant
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There were seven well-known Covid-19 variants in Vietnam before Long’s announcement in line with the health ministry.

Vietnam - The New Hybrid Virus Variant
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The new variant is a hybrid of the coronavirus strains which were initially discovered in the UK and India. The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified the variants found in India and Great Britain as “variants of global importance.” Moreover, The Laboratory results reveal that the virus duplicates itself faster, which might be the reason why there has been an increase in the number of cases in various parts of the country. 

Vietnam - The New Hybrid Virus Variant
Image Source – BBC

In Vietnam, the number of Covid-19 cases has increased in recent weeks. The country has recorded more than 6,700 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began, more than half of which have been recorded since the end of April this year.

Hence, Vietnam plans to test 9 million people for the coronavirus in its largest city and implement restrictions on Monday in response to the growing Covid-19 outbreak.

Visit the following links to read more about the new strain, which is causing concern and havoc – https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/05/31/vietnam-hybrid-coronavirus-variant-ho-chi-minh-city-restrictions/

https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/world-57298408

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