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World 02 Feb 2021 | 2:33 PM

Vietnam confirms latest virus outbreak is more contagious UK variant

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's health minister said on Tuesday a newly detected coronavirus outbreak, which has infected 276 people and spread to 10 provinces and cities, is caused by the more contagious British variant of the coronavirus.Six days since the virus reemerged in the northern province of Hai Duong, the cluster there was under control, health minister Nguyen Thanh Long said, according to a government statement. Containing the virus in the capital, Hanoi - where 20 new cases have been detected - would take longer, he added:

Vietnam 02 Feb 2021 | 7:00 AM

Xi urges closer Vietnam ties

XI Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, sent a congratulatory message to Nguyen Phu Trong on his re-election as Vietnam’s Com­munist Party chief, highlighting the need for stronger bilateral strategic communication and advancing the nations’ traditional friendship.

World 31 Jan 2021 | 2:49 PM

Vietnam retains top leader, shuts Hanoi schools in COVID-19 battle

HANOI (Reuters) -Vietnam's ruling Communist Party re-elected its 76-year-old chief Nguyen Phu Trong for a rare third five-year term on Sunday, as the Southeast Asian country battled its biggest coronavirus outbreak since the pandemic began.