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New 'Vietnam variant' threatens further havoc to supply chains

'Fight pandemic like an enemy,' PM says as country scrambles to protect factory hubs

A health worker labels a test-sample tube during the coronavirus outbreak in Hanoi, Vietnam. The country has found a new coronavirus variant that shares characteristics from the Indian and U.K strains.    © Reuters

HANOI -- Vietnam is bracing for disruptions its tech manufacturing sector, the country's economic engine and a vital cog in global supply chains, after authorities detected a new variant of COVID-19 with characteristics of both Indian and U.K. strains.

The government has called for nationwide efforts to protect factories as two northern provinces home to industrial parks struggle to control outbreaks.

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