Vietnam finds new hybrid variant

Vietnam Health Minister

Vietnam discovers a new Covid virus variant. Variant is the hybrid of Indian and UK strains.

Where: Hanoi, Vietnam

The Facts

▪ The Vietnamese Health Minister, Nguyen Long, said they had found a new variant of the Covid virus, a hybrid of strains first detected in India and the UK.

▪ Long said the variant was discovered after running tests on newly-infected patients.

▪ Long stated the recent surge in Vietnam could be due to the new strain.

▪ The WHO statistics state that in Vietnam, from January 3, 2020, there have been 6,396 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 47 deaths; 980,076 vaccine doses have been administered.

▪ Vietnam has ordered a ban on all religious events throughout the country; large gatherings and non-essential businesses are banned in major cities.

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