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Coronavirus: what is known about the new hybrid variant of covid-19 that is causing an increase in cases in Vietnam


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Testing campaign in Vietnam

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Vietnam will test the entire population of Ho Chi Minh City in an attempt to stop the infections.

A new variant of covid-19 that appears to be a combination of the variants first identified in India and the United Kingdom was recently detected in Vietnam, according to the country’s authorities.

This “new Indian variant with mutations originally belonging to the UK variant is very dangerous“Vietnam Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said at a government meeting on Saturday, as quoted by the Reuters news agency.

Viruses mutate all the time and most variants do not present significant problems, but in some cases, as with the aforementioned variants, these mutations make them more contagious.

Long claimed that the new hybrid variant is indeed more transmittable than previous versions, especially through the air.


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