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A man roams the empty streets on May 10 amid cycling restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Hanoi on May 10. On Saturday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced the discovery of a new type of corona virus in the country.

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A man roams the empty streets on May 10 amid cycling restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in Hanoi on May 10. On Saturday, the Vietnamese Ministry of Health announced the discovery of a new type of corona virus in the country.

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Vietnam has discovered a new type of corona virus that is highly transmissible and has other two-dimensional characteristics.

“Vietnam has discovered a new type of COVID-19 that combines the characteristics of the two existing types for the first time in India and the UK,” said Health Minister Nguyen Tanlong. According to Reuters “It is very dangerous that the new type is an Indian type with mutations that originally belonged to the British type.”

The announcement came as the country dealt with a recent outbreak of infections that began in May.

Lang says the new type may be responsible for the latest increase, According to AP.

The new species is transmissible in the air, and Lang says scientists have observed the ability of this species to reproduce rapidly in laboratory culture. According to VnExpress.

Seven other types of coronavirus were identified in the country before Saturday’s announcement. The latest version does not yet have a name, but the Ministry of Health plans to release genome data.

Vietnam has reported 6,713 deaths and 47 deaths since the outbreak on Saturday. Slightly more than half of the cases and 12 deaths were reported last month, according to the report John Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center.

Most of the latest reported cases are in Bac Ninh and Bac Giang provinces, both of which have large industrial presence. Hundreds of thousands of people work there to produce goods for major technology companies, including Samsung, Canon and Apple.

Early in the epidemic, Vietnam was praised For the small number of cases and deaths of the aggressive policies of the country’s social distance and its experience with previous epidemics, effective measures were considered to prevent the spread.

But as cases increase again, restrictions have been imposed again. All religious events are banned throughout the country, and authorities in major cities have closed public parks and unnecessary businesses to prevent large gatherings. According to AP.

Approximately 29,000 people, or 00% of the country, have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with more than 1 million doses.

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