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New COVID-19 variants found as a combination of the Indian and UK strain was identified by authorities in Vietnam.
Till late April, the new variants accounted for more than half of the registered 6713 cases, and 47 deaths.
"Vietnam has uncovered a new COVID-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in India and the UK," Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long said in a statement on Saturday.
"The new variant is very dangerous," he added.
Online newspaper VnExpress said Long had described the new variant as a hybrid of the Indian and UK variants.
"The new one is an Indian variant with mutations that originally belong to the UK variant," Long was quoted as saying, adding that authorities would soon announce the name and detailed characteristics of the newly discovered variant.
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