Recently, scientists have detected a new COVID Variant in Peru. The name of this new variant is ‘Lambda’ and WHO has classified it as a ‘Variant of Interest’. According to the WHO, the Lambda variant is associated with 81% of the cases identified in Peru, since April.

The Covid-19 variants have continued to wreak havoc all over the globe. After Alpha (B.1.1.7); Beta (B.1.351); Gamma (P.1); Epsilon (B.1.427 and B.1.429); Delta (B.1.617.2); and Delta Plus variant, another covid variant has been identified in the world, named Lambda variant.

Last week, the UK health department it to the list of ‘variants under investigation’ (VUI) due to international expansion. Six cases of Lambda variant (C.37) have been recognised across the UK to date, all have been associated with overseas travel.

More about Lambda variant

This new Covid variant was first discovered in Peru, South America. And the WHO has classified it as a “Variant of Interest” on June 14. The World Health Organisation said the Lambda variant has multiple mutations in the spike protein that could influence its transmissibility but more researches are needed to thoroughly understand the mutations.

Here’s all you need to know about the Lambda variant:

  • The C.37 variant and Lambda variant has already been announced as highly widespread in Peru.
  • The new Covid variant lies within the B.1.1.1 lineage.
  • As per the WHO, the new Covid variant is associated with 81% of the cases identified in Peru, since April.
  • The Lambda variant has been recognised in as many as 29 countries, including Europe, Oceania North and South Am.

Lambda in India:

  • So far, India has identified Delta and Delta Plus Covid variants. However, specialists assume that the opening of international air travel might bring other variants, including Lambda in India

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