COVID-19 Alpha variant detected in 9 areas in SL

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 11:29 AM Jun 10 2021
Local COVID-19 Alpha variant detected in 9 areas in SL

The COVID-19 Alpha variant, also known as the B.1.17 originating from the UK has been detected in 80 samples collected from nine areas across Sri Lanka.

Director of the Allergy, Immunity and Cell Biology unit at the Sri Jayawardenapura University, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara noted that  the B.1.17 variant has been reported from Colombo, Batticaloa, Habaraduwa, Karapitiya, Kuliyapitiya, Ragama, Tissamaharama, Trincomalee and Wariyapola.

Furthermore, the COVID-19 Delta variant, previously known as the B.1.617.2, of Indian origin has been identified in a sample collected from an overseas returnee at a quarantine facility in Wadduwa. 

Furthermore, one case of the B.1.411 variant, which is the Sri Lankan lineage of COVID-19, has been detected in Tissamaharama.

The detections were revealed following a report issued yesterday (09) on sequencing conducted by his team from the Sri Jayawardenapura University.

Dr. Jeewandara noted that the overseas returnee is currently undergoing the necessary quarantine measures, whilst healthcare workers who tested positive for the Alpha variant of COVID-19 two weeks after receiving both doses of the COVISHIELD vaccine, have now fully recovered.

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 11:29 AM Jun 10 2021

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