By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Philippines Department of Health (DOH) reported the first case of Lambda variant in a 35-year-old female; however, it’s not clear if this is a local case or a Returning overseas Filipino (ROF).


The Lambda variant, first identified in Peru in August 2020, was classified as a Variant of Interest by the World Health Organization on June 14, 2021.

In addition, the latest whole-genome sequencing report of the University of the Philippines-Philippine Genome Center and the University of the Philippines-National Institutes of Health reveals 182 additional cases of the more transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus, raising the total to 807.

Of the 182, the 112 are local cases, 36 are returning overseas Filipino (ROFs), and 34 are being verified if they are local or ROF cases.

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Of the 112 local cases, 42 cases had indicated addresses in the National Capital Region, 36 cases are from Central Luzon, eight cases from Calabarzon, six cases from Mimaropa, six cases from Northern Mindanao, four from Central Visayas, three from Davao Region, three in Caraga, two in Western Visayas, and one case each in the Cordillera Administrative Region and Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

In addition to the Lambda variant and Delta variant cases, officials reported new cases of the Alpha variant (41), Beta (66) and Theta (40) Sunday.

On Sunday, 14,749 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the cumulative total to 1,741,616, including 30,340 deaths.