Vietnam detects hybrid of B.1.617 and UK Covid-19 variant

  • "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 was quoted as saying.
After successfully containing the coronavirus for most of last year, Vietnam is now battling an outbreak that is spreading more quickly. REUTERS/Thanh Hue/File Photo(REUTERS)
After successfully containing the coronavirus for most of last year, Vietnam is now battling an outbreak that is spreading more quickly. REUTERS/Thanh Hue/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on May 29, 2021 10:14 AM IST
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Vietnam health minister Nguyen Thanh Long said on Saturday the country has detected a new variant of the coronavirus, a mix of the Indian and UK Covid-19 variants that spreads quickly by air, online newspaper VnExpress reported.

After successfully containing the coronavirus for most of last year, Vietnam is now battling an outbreak that is spreading more quickly.

Nearly 3,600 people have been infected in 31 of its 63 cities and provinces since late April, accounting for more than half of the country's total infections.

"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 was quoted as saying.

"More specifically, it is an Indian variant with mutations that originally belong to the UK variant," he said. VnExpress quoted Long as saying Vietnam would announce the newly discovered variant to the world soon.

Vietnam had previously 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).

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