Woman infected in Japan's 1st Lambda variant case linked to Olympics

Kyodo -- Aug 14
A woman infected in Japan's first case of the Lambda coronavirus variant has been identified as a person associated with the recently ended Tokyo Olympics, government sources said Friday.

The woman in her 30s had traveled to Peru where the variant, feared to be more contagious and more resistant to vaccines, was first detected. She arrived at Haneda airport in Tokyo on July 20 with her Olympic accreditation card, according to the sources.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases confirmed her infection with the variant after she was found positive in a test conducted at the airport.

The sources said the woman had developed no symptoms and is likely to have been moved to quarantine accommodation.

The World Health Organization has designated the Lambda strain as a "variant of interest," a degree lower than Delta, labeled a "variant of concern." The Lambda variant has not been designated as of interest or concern in Japan.

- Kyodo