A new Covid-19 strain has hit Australian shores amid increasing concerns it is more infectious than the Delta variant.
The Lambda strain has caught the attention of the World Health Organisation (WHO) after it rapidly spread to more than 30 countries in the past four weeks.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Originating in Peru, the lethal strain accounts for almost 81 per cent of the country's cases since April, as the nation records the highest Covid mortality rates in the world.
The Lambda variant was detected in a traveller undergoing hotel quarantine in New South Wales in April, according to the national genomics database AusTrakka.
The strain was marked as a 'variant of interest' by the World Health Organisation on June 14 due to the strain's high transmissibility and its ability to spread across multiple countries.
There is no current evidence to suggest the strain has spread among the community in Australia.
Medical personnel remove the corpse of a Covid-19 victim from Honorio Delgado Hospital in Arequipa, Peru where the Lambda variant accounts for almost 81 per cent of the country's cases since April