By far, the lambda variant of coronavirus has been detected in almost 30 countries, said the Malaysian health ministry. In the UK, six cases of lambda variants have been reported. The lambda variant of coronavirus has been designated by the World Health Organization as the variant of interest. According to the Malaysian health ministry, the lambda variant is turning out to be way much deadlier than the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which was first detected in India. It added that the lambda variant cases are now detected in more than 30 countries within a month.
The coronavirus Lambda strain was reported to originate from Peru, which is a country that has the most mortality rate in the entire world, tweeted the health ministry of Malaysia on July 5. A report by the Australian news portal says that the coronavirus lambda strain is also detected in the United Kingdom. The researchers are quite worried that the variant may become more contagious and infectious compared to the Delta variant.
Lambda Variant Cases
Lambda strain accounts for around 82 percent of the reported coronavirus case samples during the May month and June month in Peru, reported the Euro News citing PAHO or Pan American Health Organisation. In another South American country Chile, the strain accounts for above 31 percent of the samples from the May and June month, as per Euro news. The World Health Organization has already designated it as a variant of interest as the presence of lambda escalated in South America. Moreover, the global health body has said that the lambda strain has increased transmission capacity and more resistance to antibodies.
At the same time, PHE or Public Health England has already added the lambda variant to its variants list under VUI. It is added as the variant is expanding internationally, and many notable mutations, including F490S and L452Q, are seen. According to PHE, six cases of the Lambda variant have been found out across the nation to date. All these cases are linked to overseas travel, says PHE.
According to the Health officials of the UK, there is presently no such evidence that the variant causes very critical or any serious disease. Also, there is no evidence that the variant is in any way affecting the efficacy of the vaccines given to the people. However, PHE has said that it is carrying out testing to understand the effect of mutations on the virus’ behavior.