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How a hybrid of COVID-19 is threatening Vietnam

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The entire Ho Chi Minh City will be tested for COVID-19 after authorities detected a Covid variant that appears to be a combination of the Indian and UK strains.

The country is now hoping to tackle the new COVID-19 outbreak by testing the entire population of Ho Chi Minh City and introducing social distancing measures

The effort comes in response to a new cluster linked to a religious mission.

Over the weekend officials warned of a new “very dangerous” hybrid variant discovered in the country.

The latest spike accounts for the total amount of registered cases.

Epidemiologists say that viruses mutate all the time and most variants are inconsequential, but some can make a virus more contagious.

Since Covid-19 was first identified in January 2020, thousands of mutations have been detected, including the Brazil strain, UK and Indian strains of the virus.

“very dangerous”

Vietnam’s Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long described the latest mutation on Saturday.

Transmission concerns

Mr Nguyen told a government meeting, according to Reuters news agency.

Mr. Nguyen said the new hybrid variant was more transmissible than previously known versions, especially in the air. He said it was discovered after running tests on newly-detected patients, online newspaper VnExpress reported.

“Vietnam has uncovered a new Covid-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in India and the UK”

Nguyen added that the genetic code of the virus would be made available soon.

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Trump officially nominates J.D. Vance to be his Presidential running mate

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Former President Donald Trump has officially nominated J.D. Vance as his running mate for the upcoming presidential election, cementing Vance’s role in the Republican ticket.

J.D. Vance, once a vocal critic of his policies, has been selected by the former President to be his running mate in the upcoming presidential election.

Ticker’s Ahron Young discusses all the latest. #featured #trending

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Secret Service face criticism over failure to stop Trump rally gunman

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Donald Trump remains defiant a day after he survived a failed assassination attempt by a lone gunman.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating how a gunman armed with an AR-style rifle was able to get close enough to shoot and injure former President Donald Trump.

Following the incident, the Biden campaign has pivoted from criticising Trump to promoting unity. #featured #trending

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Recent EV study reveals the greatest adoption hurdle: safety

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A recent survey conducted by the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) in New South Wales has shed light on a significant trend among EV adoption: safety.

The survey highlights that while environmental benefits and potential long-term cost savings are acknowledged, 1 in 5 believe that safety concerns are overriding these factors for many potential buyers.

Mike Costello from Cox Automotive joins to discuss more. #featured

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