1st Lambda variant case detected in PH

August 15, 2021 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 556 views

THE Department of Health (DOH) yesterday reported the detection of the first case of the Lambda coronavirus variant first seen in Peru.

The DOH said the first Lambda variant case is a 35-year-old female and is currently being validated as to whether she is a local or returning overseas Filipino case.

The DOH said the patient was asymptomatic and tagged as recovered after undergoing the 10-day isolation period.

The DOH said it is currently conducting back tracing and case investigation.

The Lambda variant was classified as a variant of interest by the World Health Organization on June 14. The said variant, first identified in Peru and now spreading in South America, is highly infectious and more resistant to vaccines than the original version of the virus that emerged from Wuhan, China, Japanese researchers have found.

In laboratory experiments, researchers have found that three mutations in Lambda’s spike protein, known as RSYLTPGD246-253N, 260 L452Q and F490S, help it resist neutralization by vaccine-induced antibodies. Two additional mutations, T76I and L452Q, help make Lambda highly infectious, they found.

The DOH also reported 182 new cases of the Delta variant, raising the country’s total to 807. 112 of the latest Delta vases are local, 36 are returning overseas Filipinos, and 34 are still undergoing verification.

The local cases came from the following:

National Capital Region (42 cases)

Central Luzon (36 cases)

CALABARZON (8 cases)

MIMAROPA (6 cases)

Northern Mindanao (6 cases)

Central Visayas (4 cases)

Davao Region (3 cases)

Caraga (3 cases)

Western Visayas (2 cases)

Cordillera Administrative Region (1 case)

BARMM (1 case)

The DOH said one case is still active, 176 cases have been tagged as recovered, and four have died. The status of one patient is still being verified.

The DOH also said two cases that were initially tagged as Delta cases from NCR last August 4 were Beta variant cases.

Further, the DOH also detected 41 more Alpha variant cases, 66 Beta cases, and 40 cases of the P.3 variant.

The country now has a total of 2,232 Alpha cases and 2,483 Beta cases.