The World Health Organization (WHO) warned of a new COVID-19 variant, “Lambda,” after forming 70% of the recent COVID-19 infections in Latin America, Sky News reported on Wednesday.
The Director of the regional WHO office for Americas said that the available samples of the virus proves the variant’s threat, and its ability of resisting vaccines.
She added that there is no enough data about the variant to identify its characteristics, however, all information researchers collected until now are concerning.
Detected for the first time in 2020 in Peru, the symptoms of this strain are similar to the emerged COVID-19 variants around the world such as the loss of smell and taste, fever, and exhaustion.
Moreover, the new strain was discovered in the UK last month as the British Health Department highlighted that it is still one of the variants that under investigation.
The kingdom identified until now six Lambda cases, and all of them related to traveling abroad. Also, the new variant has been detected in 29 countries including the Americans, Europe, and Oceania.