Vietnam Reports One Death and 10 New COVID019 Infections

Grant Boone
August 5, 2020

A test carried out three days later revealed he was positive for the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 and he was transferred to the Department of Tropical Medicine of the Da Nang Hospital. Many scientists argue that mutations don't necessarily result in viruses becoming more unsafe.

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The source of the new outbreak is unclear, but it has spread to at least 10 places, including the capital Hanoi in the north and the business hub of Ho Chi Minh City in the south, infecting nearly 200 people and killing six.

Twenty-three percent of the latest infections are asymptomatic, the government said in a statement.

Authorities said on Sunday that the strain of virus detected in Danang is a more contagious one, and that each infected person can infect 5-6 others, compared to 1.8-2.2 in the previous period.

While the strain is new in Vietnam, it has been seen before in Bangladesh, Britain, and Ireland, according to Vietnamese scientists.

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Da Nang has mobilized the army to disinfect hot spots in the city.

On July 25, a COVID-19 case was reported, thus, ending a 99-day long streak without any new virus case.

The number of cases relating to the outbreak in Da Nang has reached 173 since July 25.

There are multiple strains of the novel coronavirus; the original D614 strain was found in Wuhan, China, in December. But mutations do not necessarily result in viruses becoming any more unsafe. Some recent research has shown that the mutated strain of this Coronavirus could spread more effectively than its original strain. A federal government spokesperson on Monday stated Vietnam does not prepare an across the country lockdown.

"Vietnam is not short of COVID-19 test kits", Viet told Reuters.

The World Health Organization had previously singled out Vietnam for its efforts in containing the virus, but the spike in cases is a somber moment. The city imposed a lockdown last week, closing entertainment venues and banning movement in and out of the city.

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