Highly transmittable COVID variant discovered in Sri Lanka

DM | Published: 6:25 PM Jan 26 2021
Local Highly transmittable COVID variant discovered in Sri Lanka

The Department of Molecular Studies, University of Sri Jayewardenepura has identified a new variant of the coronavirus in Sri Lanka.

Dr. Chandima Jeewandara, Director of Institute of Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology, stated that this is a different strain of the virus to the one found in Britain.

He added that this variant is capable of rapid transmission and is very similar to the COVID-19 variant which is prevalent in Switzerland and Germany.

This variant was found in samples provided by the Ministry of Health taken from a quarantine center.

Kumudu Jayawardana

DM | Published: 6:25 PM Jan 26 2021

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