Despite having one of the world’s longest lockdowns, the Philippines’ health department of Sunday announced that it has detected the first case of COVID-19 Lambda variant.
This, despite reverting to the strictest lockdown classification is several parts of the country since August 6.
In a statement, the Department of Health said the first detected case was a 35-year-old female. She was asymptomatic and tagged recovered after undergoing a 10-day mandatory isolation period.
The health department did not specify other details. Authorities are still verifying whether she was a returning local or overseas worker. The DOH is also conducting contact tracing as of the moment.
First documented in Peru in 2020, the COVID-19 Lambda variant was classified a variant of interest by the World Health Organization.
The Philippines’ health department said that the Lambda variant “has the potential to affect the transmissibility of SARS-CoV-2 and is currently being monitored for its possible clinical significance.”
Meanwhile, 182 Delta variant cases were also recorded for the day, bringing the total to 807 local cases.
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