By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

In Saturday, May 29, Minister of Health Nguyen Thanh Long announced that Vietnam has detected a new variant of SARS-CoV-2, which is a hybrid between the Indian and UK variants.

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Assessing the mutation as very dangerous, Long said Vietnam will soon announce it on the world genome map.

According to the ministry, a multi-strain virus has been recorded in the 4th wave of COVID-19 outbreaks that has hit Vietnam since April 27. The India and the UK variants are the two most common ones, with the former dominating and the latter only found in Da Nang and some other localities.

The detection of the new variant pushed the total number of variants in Vietnam to eight.

Long also said that as previously forecast, the fourth wave of epidemics was very complicated, with signs difficulties in disease control.

This epidemic has spread to more than 30 provinces and cities, and has been basically controlled by the provinces. Particularly, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh are two localities that tend to have very complicated developments due to the appearance of infection patterns in industrial zones.

In these two provinces, the number of confirmed cases shows no sign of slowing down, mostly in isolated and blocked areas. The head of the health sector said that coming here, Bac Giang and Bac Ninh will continue to have infections, and it will take more time to control the situation well.

In fact, recently, Bac Ninh and Bac Giang have detected more cases, even in Bac Giang there are more than 300 cases a day, 176 cases on May 28. The Ministry of Health has made changes in the epidemic prevention strategy in the two provinces.

According to the Minister of Health, the principle of preventing – detecting – isolating – zoning – thoroughly suppressing the epidemic – effective treatment is still maintained. However, in Bac Giang, the Ministry of Health has made changes in epidemic prevention in isolation, testing and treatment.

The nation has to date confirmed 7,107 infections, while the death toll related to COVID-19 now stands at 47.

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