Vietnam says new COVID-19 strain behind spike is 3x more infectious

Henrietta Strickland
August 4, 2020

As reported by the Associated Press, Marc Choisy, a bio-mathematician from the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, said the new strain in the country appeared to be more severe.

Authorities said on Sunday the strain of virus detected in Danang was a more contagious one, and that each infected person could infect 5 to 6 people, compared with 1.8-2.2 for infections earlier in the year.

Following the complex development of coronavirus pandemic with occurrence of community transmission cases and transmission in hospitals, Acting Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long ordered localities to increase monitor in medical institutions especially those with high risk.

These were the details of the news Vietnam in "decisive" fight to contain coronavirus for this day.

Those infected with the original strain of COVID-19, which arrived in Vietnam in late January, pass it on to an average of 1.8 to 2.2 people, he said.

The country went 99 days without any new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but the streak ended on July 25.

While the strain is new in Vietnam, it has been seen before in Bangladesh, Britain, and Ireland, according to Vietnamese scientists.

Seven of the new patients were documented in Da Nang while the other three were reported in the neighboring province of Quang Nam. All of them are linked to the Da Nang Hospital hotspot. But mutations do not necessarily result in viruses becoming any more unsafe.

"Vietnam is not short of COVID-19 test kits", Viet told Reuters. "Therefore, we must not overlook any suspected cases".

The outlet reported that each patient confirmed to have the new strain has been found to infect between five and six people.

As of Monday morning, Vietnam had 621 confirmed infections and six deaths.

Business Insider points out that the majority of the new cases have been discovered in coastal city, Da Nang, which frequently saw beach tourists on vacation over the last several weeks.

Vietnam has reported 652 coronavirus infections, including 270 cases under treatment.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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