COVID-19 Delta variant detected in Colombo

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 1:50 PM Jun 17 2021
Local COVID-19 Delta variant detected in Colombo

The COVID-19 Delta variant, commonly known as the Indian variant, was detected for the first time in Colombo today (17).

The variant, previously known as the B.1.617.2, of Indian origin was initially identified in a sample collected from an overseas returnee at a quarantine facility.

Director of the Allergy, Immunity and Cell Biology unit at the Sri Jayawardenapura University, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara confirmed that the Indian variant was detected in five samples obtained from Aramaya Place, Colombo 09, following an unusual outbreak.

Dr.  Jeewandara took to Twitter to confirm the news, adding that a detailed report on the matter will follow. 

Furthermore, the COVID-19 Alpha variant, formerly knowns as the B.1.1.7 variant, originating from UK, was detected in Karapitiya, Baticola, Colombo 6, Colombo 8 and Colombo 10.

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 1:50 PM Jun 17 2021

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