On Saturday, Vietnam announced the new Covid-19 variant. The health ministry officials said the virus is a combination of strains found in Britain and India. It is spreading quickly by air.
Vietnam’s Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long described the latest mutation on Saturday as “threatening.” He added that the genetic code of the virus would be made available soon.
“Vietnam has reported more than 6,800 cases, including 47 deaths. We have discovered a new hybrid COVID-19 variant from the strains first found in India and the UK,” said Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long.
“The characteristic of this strain is that it spreads quickly in the air. The virus concentration in the throat fluid increases rapidly and spreads very strongly to the surrounding environment.”
According to the ministry of health, there were seven known coronavirus variants before the announcement in Vietnam, and now a total of eight corona variants are present in the country.
After discovering the virus, the government ordered strict limitations on the movement of people in the streets. Cafes, restaurants, hair salons, massage parlors, and tourism and religious spots have been ordered to close in various country areas.
The country has reported most new transmissions in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang. They are the most densely populated provinces due to industrial work and set up for major companies.
Vietnam has a total of 97 million people, and so far, it has only vaccinated nearly 1 million people. Vietnam officials said they would vaccinate its population by the end of 2021. The government has asked businesses to donate money for vaccine procurement.
Vietnam is left with two million doses of Astra Zeneca but said it is buying more than 30 million doses of the Pfizer shot. The government has also contacted Russia for quick supplies of Sputnik V.
The strain was first detected in Thailand in a 33-year-old Egyptian traveler, UK health authorities said, but 109 cases have since been found in Britain. The UK media has labeled it as a Thai variant.
“Principally speaking, it should not be called the Thai variant because the infected person is from overseas,” said Opas Kankawinpong, head of Thailand’s disease control department.