Vietnam’s Ministry of Health has found the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 identified in India in some new patients in Vietnam.
|Vietnam analyses gene variants of SARS-CoV-2 |
The National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) has taken samples of new COVID-19 patients in the provinces of Vinh Phuc, Ha Nam, Hung Yen, and Ha Tinh to analyse genetic variants.
Specifically, three samples in Vinh Phuc collected from employees of Bar Sunny were of the B.1.617.2 variant of SARS-CoV-2 identified in India.
Six samples were taken in Ha Nam, two in Hung Yen, and two others in Ha Tinh. They were all found to be the B.1.1.7 variant of SARS-CoV-2 identified in the UK.
The Ministry of Health has asked top-tier hospitals to analyse gene changes in new infections to assess possible risks so that the country can then take preventive actions in an appropriate and timely manner.
On the morning of May 4, the country continued to have two more local community transmission cases, thus increasing the total number of new locally-transmitted cases to 37 as of April 29.