Vietnam detects hybrid of Indian and UK Covid-19 variants

31st May, 2021

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A woman wearing a face mask walks in Hanoi. Vietnam says it has discovered a new coronavirus variant that’s a hybrid of strains first found in India and the UK. (Photo: AP)

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.

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