The health authorities in the Philippines have detected the first case of the mutated strain of the emerging coronavirus, known as “lambda” and “C37”, which was first discovered in Peru last year.
The Philippine Department of Health stated that the infected case is a 35-year-old woman, noting that it has not yet been determined whether it is a local Filipino or Returning to the country from abroad, confirming that contacts with the case are being traced.
The ministry explained that the case did not show symptoms of the virus and that she had already recovered after undergoing a 10-day isolation period, noting that the mutant has the possibility of affecting the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 and that it is being monitored at the present time.
The lambda variant is more contagious than the original virus that emerged from the Chinese city (Wuhan) in late 2019, and studies have shown that the mutant is more resistant to vaccines against (Covid-19).
The Philippines has announced 14,749 new cases of the Coronavirus during the past 24 hours, which raises the number of cases recorded in the country since the outbreak of the virus to one million, 741 thousand and 616 confirmed cases, and 270 new deaths were recorded as a result of infection with the virus. During the same period, the total deaths since the beginning of the pandemic have reached 30,340.