‘Lambda variant of coronavirus deadlier than delta’: Malaysian Ministry of Health | World news
The lambda variant of the coronavirus is proving to be more deadly than Delta, which was first discovered in India, according to Malaysia’s health ministry. He added that cases of the lambda variant have been detected in more than 30 countries in the past four weeks.
“The Lambda strain is believed to originate from Peru, the country with the highest death rate in the world,” Malaysia’s health ministry tweeted on Monday.
He cited a report from Australia’s news.com.au news portal that the lambda strain had also been detected in the UK. Researchers fear that this variant is “more infectious than the Delta variant,” reported The Star.
Lambda accounts for nearly 82% of the samples of coronavirus cases reported in May and June in Peru, Euro News reported citing the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
In Chile, another South American country, the strain accounts for more than 31% of samples in May and June, according to Euro News.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has already designated lambda as a “variant of interest” due to its strong presence in South America. The world health body said lambda exhibited increased transmission and resistance to antibodies.
Meanwhile, Public Health England (PHE) has added lambda to its list of study variants (VUI) due to international expansion and several notable mutations, including L452Q and F490S.
Six cases of Lambda have been identified across the country so far, all of which have been linked to overseas travel, according to PHE.
According to British health authorities, there is currently no evidence that this variant causes more serious illness or makes currently deployed vaccines less effective. But PHE said it was performing lab tests to better understand the impact of mutations on the behavior of the virus.