Combination of Indian and UK variants

COVID: Vietnam detects new UK-Indian variant, health officials say

Vietnam's Health Minister Nguyen Thanh Long described the latest mutation on Saturday as "very dangerous".

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.

"Vietnam has uncovered a new COVID-19 variant combining characteristics of the two existing variants first found in India and the UK," Mr Nguyen told a government meeting, according to Reuters news agency.