Vietnam signals a variant problem

VIETNAM: WHEN VARIANTS MERGE

Vietnam has uncovered a new Covid-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in India(#B16172) & UK(#B117)”  Health Minister said. “The new variant is very dangerous” and “spreads quickly by air”. 

In Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest metropolis and home to 9 million, at least 85 people have tested positive as part of a cluster at a Protestant church, the Health Ministry said. Worshippers sang and chanted while sitting close together without wearing proper masks or taking other precautions.

Meanwhile..

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 has spiked up 72% in just 8 days, according to latest UK  govt data. 

This follows a surge in #B16172 cases. Deaths have also begun to increase. UK is among the most vaccinated countries, with 57% with at least 1 dose, and 35% fully..

Doctors treating patients in India  have marked a distinct trend during the 2nd wave—COVID-19 now appears to be impacting children more severely. Children and adolescents are now showing more obvious symptoms such as prolonged fever and gastroenteritis

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