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'Lambda' Covid-19 strain: WHO finds new 'variant of interest' in South America

The new Covid-19 variant, which was first detected in August last year, accounts for around 81% of the cases reported since April in Peru, according to WHO. Moreover, the Lambda Covid-19 variant is now prevalent in as many as 29 countries, most notably in South America.
People wearing face masks wait in line to be tested for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at the Colon Theatre, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (File Photo / REUTERS)
People wearing face masks wait in line to be tested for coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at the Colon Theatre, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (File Photo / REUTERS)
Published on Jun 18, 2021 10:05 AM IST
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Severe Covid-19 travel curbs in South America as WHO blasts EU vaccine rollout

Many European Union nations are reeling from dramatic spikes in cases that have forced the reimposition of unpopular restrictions, including in Belgium where police used water cannon to disperse thousands who had gathered in violation of Covid-19 rules.
Travelers walk through the Augusto Merino Benitez international airport in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, April 1, 2021. Chile has largely closed its borders to control surging COVID-19 cases despite a region-leading vaccine campaign, joining other South American countries in new moves to clamp down on movement. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)(AP)
Travelers walk through the Augusto Merino Benitez international airport in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, April 1, 2021. Chile has largely closed its borders to control surging COVID-19 cases despite a region-leading vaccine campaign, joining other South American countries in new moves to clamp down on movement. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)(AP)
Published on Apr 02, 2021 04:42 PM IST
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