Professor says a new Covid strain called Lambda could be more dangerous than Delta.
THE WORLD is infected with the Delta form, but a professor has warned that the new Lambda variant is more contagious. What do we know about the variant thus far?
The Delta variety, which originated in India, has since spread throughout much of the globe. Neither developing nor developed countries have been spared its wrath, albeit immunization rates in the former are still alarmingly low, raising fears of overburdened healthcare systems. While all of this is going on, a new variation is spreading like wildfire.
According to MailOnline, the new Lambda variant has made its way into Australia, which has traditionally held coronavirus at bay by enforcing strict border controls.
However, due to poor vaccination rates, the country is particularly vulnerable to novel variations.
The Lambda strain has been identified by the World Health Organization. It has already been discovered in at least 30 nations, including the United Kingdom.
It is believed to have started in Peru, where it has accounted for about 81 percent of the country’s caseload since April.
Based on how swiftly it has spread in the country over the last four months, doctors in the South American nation think it is more transmissible than any other form.
The strain has “exploded” in Peru, according to Professor Pablo Tsukayama of Cayetano Heredia University, with the new variety accounting for 82 percent of current cases.
He told the Financial Times that when it was originally discovered in December, it only made up one out of every 200 samples.
Professor Tsukayama speculated, “That would suggest its rate of transmission is higher than any other type.”
Because of its high transmissibility, the WHO designated the strain, also known as C.37, as a “variant of interest” last month.
The judgment is yet out on whether it will be able to surpass the Delta model.
Researchers studying the virus have yet to prove that it is any more contagious than existing variants.
Nonetheless, the variant’s quick expansion is alarming, especially in areas where vaccination rates are low.
According to the national genomics database AusTrakka, the Lambda variant was discovered in a passenger undergoing hotel quarantine in New South Wales in April.
While there is no evidence that the strain has begun to spread among Australians, the finding is alarming because Australia falls behind other countries in terms of vaccination rates.
According to the most recent data, the figure is about 7.4. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”