Covid-19: Vietnam Finds New Variant, a Combo of Strains Found in India, U.K.

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    Vietnam has discovered a new coronavirus variant that shares certain mutations with strains first found in India and the U.K. Vietnamese health minister Nguyen Thanh Long says the new Covid-19 variant could be responsible for a recent surge, which has spread to 30 of the country’s 63 municipalities and provinces as mass-testing and vaccinations take place.

    Workers lined up to get their jabs in the northeastern Bac Giang province, where many of the cases in Vietnam’s recent surge were detected.

    The neighboring provinces of Bac Ninh and Bac Giang are dense with industrial zones where hundreds of thousands of people work for major companies including Samsung, Canon and Luxshare, a partner in assembling Apple products.

    Despite strict health regulations, one company in Bac Giang discovered that one fifth of its 4,800 workers had tested positive for the virus.

    In Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest metropolis and home to 9 million, at least 85 people tested positive as part of a cluster at a Protestant church, the Health Ministry said.

    Vietnam has confirmed more than 3,500 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths in the last few weeks, increasing the country’s total death toll to 47.

    Nguyen added that it might be more transmissible than other versions of the virus.

    In major cities, authorities have banned large gatherings, closed public parks and non-essential business including in-person restaurants, bars, clubs and spas.

    Vietnam so far has vaccinated 1 million people with AstraZeneca shots. It sealed a deal with Pfizer for 30 million doses, which are scheduled to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of this year. It is also in talks with Moderna that would give it enough shots to fully vaccine 80% of its 96 million people.

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