Hello and welcome to our global coronavirus live blog.

Vietnam health minister Nguyen Thanh Long said on Saturday the country has detected a new variant of the coronavirus, which is a mix of the India and UK Covid-19 variants and spreads quickly by air, online newspaper VnExpress reported.

Vietnam’s latest coronavirus wave, which began about a month ago, has seen 3,595 local Covid-19 cases so far in 33 cities and provinces.

He said the coronavirus responsible for the new wave is much more transmissible, especially in the air. Viral cultures in the laboratory revealed that the virus replicated itself very quickly, he added, explaining why there are so many new cases in different locations in a shorter time frame.

So far, Vietnam has recorded the presence of seven coronavirus variants, including ones from the UK, India and South Africa.

I’m Jedidajah Otte and will be at the helm of this blog for the next few hours. If you would like to flag anything you think we should be covering, you can reach me on Twitter @JedySays or via email.