The UK COVID-19 variant was discovered to be the cause of the new outbreak in Vietnam that has infected 276 people and spread to 10 provinces and cities.
“Gene sequencing showed that 12 of 276 newly detected patients are positive with the UK variant, although the source of this outbreak remains unknown… We need to scrupulously follow mask-wearing regulations,” said Vietnamese health minister Nguyen Thanh Long.
Nguyen said that the first cluster in the northern province of Hai Duong is already under control while the one in Hanoi could take longer.
Around 15,000 samples were already taken in Hanoi while the government is expected to upgrade its capacity soon.
“We have been very quick in quarantine and contact tracing… but whether we can eliminate the outbreaks, it depends on the whole political system, authorities, and the people,” said Mai Tien Dung, chairman of the government’s office.
Vietnam health officials are now mass testing nationwide to contain the outbreak.
People living in areas linked to clusters have been ordered to stay at home for at least three weeks.
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