The Lambda variant has not been detected in South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said on Wednesday. 

NICD SAID IT CONTINUES TO MONITOR THE DATA

“The SARS-CoV-2 lambda variant (lineage C.37) was classified as a variant of interest by the World Health Organization and is currently increasing in prevalence in South American and other countries. 

“This Lambda variant has not been detected in South Africa. We continue to monitor the data and perform sequencing and the public will be advised of any developments duly.”

The NICD said it is important to take note that mutations in viruses — including the coronavirus — are neither new nor unexpected. 

“During this time, its imperative to not panic or spread misinformation and continue adhering to the same preventative methods.” 

WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT LAMBDA VARIANT:

  • Lambda variant was first identified in Peru, South America.
  • It was designated as ‘variant of interest’ by the World Health Organization on June 14.
  • It has spread to 30 countries so far, including the UK.
  • Its rate of transmission is higher than other variants

Meanwhile, scientists from the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) said they have detected the presence of the highly infectious SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant in waste water from several towns in the Western Cape, as well as the City of Cape Town.

The SAMRC said in a statement on 6 July that waste water-based surveillance for detecting the Delta variant has been carried out in a number of countries, and a good correlation has been found between viral load in waste water and subsequent COVID-19 cases.

ALSO READ: COVID-19: Traces of Delta Variant ‘dominant in Cape Town wastewater’

A sore throat, headaches and a runny nose are the most common symptoms for people infected with the Delta variant of COVID-19.

Although being infected with this variant of coronavirus may feel more like “a bad cold” for younger people, Professor Tim Spector, who runs the Zoe Covid Symptom study, has warned it is more transmissible and could seriously affect others if safety measures aren’t adhered to.

ALSO READ: Sore throat, headache and runny nose linked to Delta variant of COVID-19

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Presh JM Reporter

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