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Vietnam: New variant of COVID-19 detected

Scientists identified the variant by examining the genetic makeup of the virus that recently infected some patients, Nguyen Thanh Long said on Saturday.

Laboratory tests suggest it could spread more easily than other versions of COVID-19, he said.

Minister Long mentioned that the new variant has spread to 30 of Vietnam’s 63 municipalities and provinces. It could be responsible for a recent increase in confirmed cases.

Viruses often make small genetic changes as they reproduce. New variants of the coronavirus have been observed since COVID-19 was first detected in China in late 2019.

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