The new Vietnamese variant of covid-19 paralyzes the largest city in the Asian country

At least 145 cases of coronavirus infection are linked to the Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Protestant religious sect.  (REUTERS)

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At least 145 cases of coronavirus infection are linked to the Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Protestant religious sect. (REUTERS)

Vietnam plans to establish perform massive tests at 9.5 million inhabitants of its larger city Hoh Chin Mih and has strengthened the restrictions in the face of the coronavirus due to the increase in cases of covid-19. In addition, they have recently detected a new hybrid variant in the Asian country that contains properties of the Indian and British variant, two of the most contagious variants of the virus.

This Monday, the authorities have limited activity of the inhabitants of the city of Ho Chi Minh that they can only leave home for “essential activities”, public gatherings of more than 10 persons and have established a mandatory social distancing of 2 meters, according to the state newspaper for the next two weeks’Vietnam News‘. However, this maximum falls to five or even two people in the areas of the city that are most affected by the increase in cases during the next two weeks. In addition, since last Thursday the close business not essentials of the city, given the initial increase in cases and the media pointed out that the executive of the Vietnamese city is planning to test its population in its entirety with a analysis capacity of 100,000 samples per day.

Religious acts prohibited

It should be noted that the aforementioned medium has explained that at least 145 cases of coronavirus infection are linked to Revival Ekklesia Mission, a Protestant religious sect, and the district in which the church’s headquarters is located, Go Vap is currently under quarantine. He also explained that the police had filed a complaint on Sunday against the leaders of a mission of the Protestant church for “spread dangerous infectious diseases”, due to a lack of sanitary protocols anti-covid established in their premises and their meetings.

According to the media in the Asian country, the followers of the church gathered in a small space to sing and sing songs without due distancing and without wearing a mask and, the police of Ho Chi Minh city have reported that this mission has 48 registered members. As a consequence of the supposed source of contagion, Vietnam has prohibited all religious acts in all the country.

What is the Vietnamese variant like?

The Vietnamese authorities have confirmed this Saturday a new hybrid variant of the coronavirus that combines characteristics of the versions identified in India and the United Kingdom, both highly contagious. The Minister of Health of the Asian country, Nguyen Thanh Long, has confirmed the appearance of this new aspect from the genetic sequencing of several coronavirus patients, according to the media VnExpress.

“The Ministry of Health plans introduce this new variant of the coronavirus, still without a name, on the global genome map, “added the minister. This announcement coincides at a time when the country has registered a rebound in contagion cases after a month without notifying local cases of transmission. Specifically, Since the end of April, the new wave of covid-19 has spread to 31 municipalities and provinces of Vietnam registering about 4,000 cases, almost double the total number that the country had registered since the beginning of the pandemic.

The new conditions are linked to a 27-year-old arrived from Japan on April 7 already a chinese expert who entered the country to work. Throughout the pandemic we have witnessed several genetic mutations in since the first coronavirus case initially detected in China at the end of 2019 and this new variant adds to the list. In this sense, in order to achieve the desired group immunity, until now, Vietnam has vaccinated a million people with AstraZeneca vaccines and it has an agreement with Pfizer to supply 30 million doses by the end of this year. He is also in talks with Moderna, which would allow him to vaccinate the 80% of its 96 million inhabitants.

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