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First Lambda variant detected in PH is local | Evening wRap

First Lambda variant detected in PH is local | Evening wRap
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Today on Rappler – the latest news in the Philippines and around the world:

The health department on Monday, August 16, says the country’s first case of the COVID-19 Lambda variant is local, but it can’t give a definite answer when asked how a local case acquired the virus.

The Commission on Audit finds that P1.225 billion worth of hospital equipment bought by the health department were either unused, yet to be delivered, or not maintained as of December 31, 2020.

The Taliban declares the war in Afghanistan is over after insurgents took control of the presidential palace in Kabul. The Department of Foreign Affairs already ordered the evacuation of around 130 Filipinos in Afghanistan.

Filipino boxer Johnriel Casimero retains his World Boxing Organization bantamweight belt, defending his title against Cuban veteran Guillermo Rigondeaux on Sunday, August 15, Manila time.

Beauty pageant contestant Steffi Rose Aberasturi tops the Miss Universe Philippines runway challenge, wowing fans with her runway video shot at the still-under-construction toll bridge of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway. – Rappler.com