Although the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 continues to be the variant responsible for the majority of infections seen across the world, scientists and health experts are growing concerned of another strain, the Lambda variant which, in June this year, the World Health Organisation (WHO) classified as a 'variant of interest.' ,ebel-spielplan
The Lambda strain – known scientifically as C.37 – is not a new strain though. As per some reports, scientists have been aware of it, at least, since August 2020, however its increasing incidence specifically in Peru and other South American nations, coupled with a currently inadequate understanding of its infectivity, have raised worries that it may soon spread beyond the 30 countries it has already been detected in. ,live-cricket-score-sites
cricket-wireless-boise-idaho,The strain was first detected in Peru in samples dating back to December 2020. However, by March, it was, reportedly, responsible for roughly 50 per cent of all infections in the South American country – a figure that has now risen to over 80 per cent. In neighbouring Chile, the WHO noted that the variant account for nearly a third of all new cases.
This rapid rate of transmission has spooked scientists into hypothesising that it may be more infectious than the other variants in circulation across the globe. Although studies are ongoing, Malaysia's health ministry took to Twitter to re-iterate that Peru had the highest COVID-19 mortality rate in the world, citing an Australian news report that said UK researchers were concerned the variant may be 'more infectious than the Delta variant.'
basketball-shorts-cloth,The WHO's designation of the Lambda strain as a 'variant of interest' makes it the seventh of its kind so far. VOIs are those strains that the global health body believes pose less of a threat than the four variants of concern (VOCs) – Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta – but still warrant close surveillance.
bet-return-calculator-each-way,A week after the WHO's notification, the UK's Public Health England (PHE) labelled the Lambda strain, a variant 'under investigation,' adding that there was still no evidence that it rendered vaccines less effective or led to more severe disease.
But research into the unique mutations of the Lambda strain is underway. The strain, reportedly, has seven mutations that have piqued the interests of scientists but one called L452Q is of particular concern as it resembles the L452R mutation believed to be responsible for the higher infectivity profile of the Delta variant. ,australia-volleyball-federation
volleyball-nations-league-2021-man,But the clinical literature around the Lambda strain is still lacking. “There is currently limited evidence on the full extent of the impact associated with these genomic changes, and further robust studies into the phenotype impacts are needed to better understand the impact on countermeasures and to control the spread,” said the WHO in a statement. “Further studies are also required to validate the continued effectiveness of vaccines,” it added.
diy-volleyball-target,It bears mentioning that the Lambda variant has not been detected in India so far. To date, the only Asian country to have reported the variant is Israel. However, it has been detected in France, Germany, the UK, Italy and other European nations, some of which are now open for travel to Indians.