Houston hospital reports its first case of COVID’s Lambda variant: At least 731 US patients nationwide have now contracted the mutation first found in Peru

A Texas hospital system that operates eight medical centers in its network has reported its first case of the Lambda variant of COVID-19 which has been blamed for coronavirus infections in Peru.

Houston Methodist Hospital confirmed on Monday that it was treating a patient who contracted the Lambda variant of the coronavirus. Epidemiologists have reported at least 731 instances of the variant in patients all across the United States.

Experts say the Lambda, which has the same types of mutations found in the Alpha, Beta, and Gamma variants, isn’t nearly as worrisome as the Indian Delta variant that is responsible for the nationwide surge in cases and hospitalizations.

It is also said to have a similar mutation found in Delta that that could explain why it more easily infects lung cells.

The news comes as Texas public health officials reported 3,319 new hospitalizations statewide on Tuesday – 273 more than the number announced on Monday.

The Texas Department of State Health Services also reported nearly 1,000 new probable cases on Tuesday. Twenty-four people died of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Cases are on the rise in Texas as just 49 percent of residents there have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. Just 42 percent have been fully vaccinated – a figure that is well below other states.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 3.04 million Texans have contracted coronavirus. Some 53,000 have died.

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Source: Daily Mail, By Ariel Zilber for Dailymail.com