‘Lambda’, a variant of Covid-19, reported in 29 countries

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The World Health Organisation has announced the emergence of a new variant of Covid-19 known as ‘Lambda’ and quoted it as a “variant of interest”.

In August 2020, the variant was detected for the first time in Peru and has been reported since then in 29 countries around the globe, mostly in Latin America, including Argentina and Chile.

With the designation of ‘variable of interest,’ the World Health Organization indicates that the infection strength of this particular pathogen, ‘Lambda’ will be closely monitored before it is added to the group of ‘variables of concern,’ which also includes Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta.

While it was first detected in Peru in August 2020,  its increasing prevalence in South America has led it to be designated as a variant of concern on Monday, according to WHO’s weekly bulletin.  

Source: Wion

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