A new type of COVID-19 consisting of strains first found in Britain and India has been discovered in Vietnam, the Ministry of Health has announced.
The announcement was made by Health Minister Nguyen Tan Long, who described it as “dangerous”.
Vietnam has already identified seven types of viruses – B.1.222, B.1.619, D614G, B.1.1.7 – known as the British type, B.1.351, A.23.1 and B.1.617.2 – the Indian type.
VnExpress, an online news site in Vietnam, quoted Mr Long as saying that a new name as well as more detailed information would be provided soon.
Mr Long was also quoted as saying that laboratory results showed that it was transmissible and would be repeated very quickly.
It is reported that he blames the new type for the rapid increase in cases in the country.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified four types of COVID-19 so far – those from the United Kingdom, India, Brazil and South Africa.
It has not responded to claims of a new species in Vietnam.
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