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.
Worst we could have imagined B.1.617.2 was detected in Colombo !! Remember it’s 50% faster than B117; more severe and evades one dose vaccine— Chandima Jeewandara (@chandi2012) June 17, 2021