Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Jan 2 (efe-epa).- Vietnam on Saturday detected its first case of the new strain of Covid-19 from the United Kingdom in a 44-year-old woman who was quarantined on her arrival in the south of the country on a repatriation flight on Dec. 22.
After the woman tested positive for Covid-19 on Dec. 24, researchers analyzed the genetic sequence of the virus.
They found the variant known as VOC 202012/01, which first emerged in the UK and has a genetic mutation that appears to accelerate its rate of transmission, the health ministry said in a statement.
The patient, who is being treated at a hospital in Tra Vinh, in the south of the country, had symptoms of Covid-19, including sore throat, cough, and fever, but she has already improved and is stable.
Vietnam is the 34th country to detect a case of the new mutant strain, which has led several countries to cancel flights from the UK and other affected countries.
The country closed its commercial flights on Mar. 25 due to the spread of the virus and since then has only allowed the entry of charter flights for the repatriation of Vietnamese abroad and international skilled workers.
All those arriving in the country are quarantined on arrival at government centers and hotels for 15 days where they undergo several coronavirus tests.
Vietnam has been one of the countries that have best contained the pandemic, supported by its effective tracking of contagions, mass quarantines, and border closures.
It has recorded a total of 1,474 cases including 35 deaths so far. EFE-EPA