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Vietnam identifies a new highly contagious coronavirus variant

Muhammad UsmanMultimedia Journalist

31st May, 2021. 09:21 pm
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Health experts in Vietnam have identified a new variant of the coronavirus that’s highly contagious.

The Vietnamese scientists have determined the new variant that has traces of strains from both the United Kingdom and Indian version of Corona Virus, stated The Vietnamese Health Ministry.

Because the virus has alterations of strains from both countries, it is particularly vulnerable to spread. Officials believe the UK variant is more easily transmissible than other strains. Whereas the variant, B.1.1.7, is between 30% to 50% effective in spreading from person to person than other coronavirus variants, according to UK scientists.

The Indian variant, on the other hand, might make the virus more contagious or may help it avoid the antibody response system.

This means that the new variants are easily spreadable, make people sicker, escape immune responses, evade tests, or render treatments ineffective, according to experts.

On the contrary, the alarming fact about the new variant is that it is able to be transmitted quickly through the air.

At least four people infected with the coronavirus are carrying the hybrid variant in Vietnam, the outlet reported.

News of the variant comes in as India continues to struggle to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Keeping in mind the current situation is dire in India as the country continues to report large gushes in positive cases. Crematoriums across India have been overwhelmed with bodies and people died as hospitals ran out of oxygen.

Whereas India has been reporting hundreds of thousands of new cases every week, reaching record highs that are globally unmatched. Despite the astounding numbers, experts believe the fatalities numbers are likely much higher than claimed by the officials.

On the contrary dozens of hospital workers recently reported that they feel burnt out and exhausted from handling patients under unattractive circumstances.


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