Vietnam detects hybrid of Indian and UK COVID-19 variants

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By Phuong Nguyen and Brenna Hughes Neghaiwi HANOI (Reuters) -Authorities in Vietnam have detected a new coronavirus variant that is a combination of the Indian and UK COVID-19 variants and spreads quickly by air, the health minister said on Saturday. After successfully containing the virus for most of last year, Vietnam is grappling with a rise in infections since late April that accounts for more than half of the total 6,856 registered cases. So far, there have been 47 deaths. “Vietnam has uncovered a new COVID-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in I…

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