According to Reuters, Vietnam’s Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long stated on Saturday that officials in the Southeast Asian country have discovered a novel coronavirus variety that is a mix of strains initially found in India and the United Kingdom. He warned that the new strain is more transmissible than earlier variants and spreads faster through the air.
Since its discovery in India in October, the B.1.617 variation has spread to dozens of nations. The World Health Organization designated it as a “variant of global concern” on May 10. The B.1.1.7 variation, which was initially identified in the United Kingdom, is also on the list.
According to Reuters, Long claimed in a cabinet conference that the new strain is an Indian variant with alterations that initially belong to the UK variant.
According to the health minister, laboratory cultures of the new variant indicated that the virus multiplied quickly, likely driving a recent outbreak of illness in the country. Vietnam will shortly disclose the genome sequencing results for the “hybrid” version, according to Long.