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Outbreak in Vietnam linked to the more contagious UK variant of Covid-19

Caitlin Ashworth

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The more contagious UK variant of Covid-19 is linked to a new outbreak in Vietnam with 276 people infected in 10 provinces and cities, according to the country’s health minister. The new cases are a major uptick for Vietnam, which has only recorded 1,850 cases and 35 coronavirus-related deaths since the start of the pandemic last year.

Vietnam had its first outbreak in nearly 2 months on January 28, setting a daily record of 83 new infections. The cluster where the virus re-emerged last week in northern province Hai Duong is now under control, according to health minister Nguyen Thanh Long.

“Gene sequencing showed that 12 of 276 newly detected patients are positive with the UK variant, although the source of this outbreak remains unknown… We need to scrupulously follow mask-wearing regulations.”

Vietnam health officials are now rolling out mass testing to contain the outbreak. In Hanoi, the city will upgrade testing capacity to 40,000 tests per day, Nguyen says.

The Vietnam government approved the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. State media reports that the first batch of 50,000 doses are expected to arrive by next month.

Outbreak in Vietnam linked to the more contagious UK variant of Covid-19 | News by Thaiger

Active Covid-19 cases in Vietnam, according to Worldometers.

SOURCE: Reuters

 

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    dispensed

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 8:40 pm

    Disregard the immune system at your own peril. Covid is here to stay. The longer you stay in hiding, the weaker your immune system becomes. Eventually, you’ll be exposed to what’s out there, and if you don’t have contemporary antibodies, you might have a hard time adjusting.

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    brian mc

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-nineteen nineteen

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    Issan John

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 10:44 pm

    Impressed and surprised that they’re doing gene sequencing.

    It’ll be interesting to see how their back-tracing goes, as it could indicate that the “UK variant” is likely to occur everywhere with or without being “imported”, as some have suggested is likely.

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      Terrence

      Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:28 am

      I believe they use pooled sample testing on a per household basis, but can’t find a reference. Part of Vietnam’s success was a hard lock down early and high compliance with mask, hygiene, and distancing rules

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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