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After the Delta variant of COVID-19 wrecked havoc worldwide causing major infections among the coronavirus-infected individuals, another highly transmissible variant of COVID-19 called 'Lambda' is spreading rapidly across the nations. The latest report suggests that the new strain has been detected in almost 30 countries. Issuing a new health emergency, the UK Health Ministry warned that the Lambda variant is much more dangerous than the Delta variant and has the potential to infect individuals in a much serious way. Taking to Twitter, the Health Ministry on Monday tweeted, "The Lambda strain was reported to have originated from Peru, the country with the highest mortality rate in the world."
Terming the newly detected Lamba Variant as a major concern, especially when the world is already under the ferocious second wave of coronavirus, the UK Health Ministry stated that the Lamba COVID-19 variant has a high potential of increased transmissibility or possible increased resistance to neutralizing antibodies.
Earlier this month, The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced the 'Lambda' variant of COVID-19 as a 'variant of concern'. In a weekly report, the WHO stated that "Lambda has been associated with substantive rates of community transmission in multiple countries, with rising prevalence over time concurrent with increased COVID-19 incidence."
Lambda COVID-19 variant was first detected in Peru in December 2020. Currently, it is the most dominant strain of coronavirus in most of the Southern American countries. According to the WHO, the Lambda variant has multiple mutations in the spike protein. These multiple mutations in the spike protein of the Lambda variant make it more transmissible and dangerous.
Currently, there is no evidence on how the new Lambda variant affects individuals and whether it has the potential to cause more severe complications. However, the NHS has advised people to look out for these symptoms:
(With inputs from Agencies)
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