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J’pura study finds current COVID-19 strain in Sri Lanka different to previous ones

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Researchers of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura have found that the current circulating strain of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka is different to the strains that circulated in the country previously.

Detailing the key findings of the study, the researchers said that the present virus strain has the mutation associated with high transmissibility due to high viral loads.

Scientists at the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine and Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of University said that the same virus strain was also found to be thus far responsible for the infections detected with three recent clusters, namely the Minuwangoda, Colombo Municipality area and the Fish market clusters.

Sri Lanka is currently experiencing a massive outbreak, which originated in Minuwangoda, Gampaha district and is now spreading all over Sri Lanka.

The scientists carried out whole genomic sequencing of the virus, to determine if the current COVID-19 outbreak is due to spread of different strains.

The study was also carried out to verify if there are certain mutations that result in the rapid spread of the virus and to investigate the relationship between the current circulating virus strains to previous strains circulating in Sri Lanka. (Kalani Kumarasinghe)

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  • Dee Saturday, 31 October 2020 03:24 PM

    Covio20

    common sense Saturday, 31 October 2020 03:33 PM

    this was already common sense.

    BUSHEL Saturday, 31 October 2020 03:46 PM

    Why don't they communicate the findings to WHO and get it further analysed with scientists from other part of the world comparing with there straines?

    Esther Cohen, Europe Saturday, 31 October 2020 05:48 PM

    Surely they will? The whole world is in this mess together. Hopefully all scientists of all nations will work together. There is no room for dirty politics now. And no need for blaming eachother

    General Saturday, 31 October 2020 05:23 PM

    Yeah right! Now that things are out of control, you need to come up with some story, to preserve the votes for the next elections.

    Covid Saturday, 31 October 2020 06:14 PM

    Brand it "BRAN-SIX"

    saras Saturday, 31 October 2020 07:12 PM

    WHO may need your srrvices to educate the entire world. Thank God for your findings.

    furdhous Sunday, 01 November 2020 12:43 PM

    The fight against COVID-19 needs very high healthy habits and practices. The loophole the virus has taken advantage to spread is the same. Restless mind. No sleep at night due to smart phone use. Abusive usage of Air-conditioning apparatuses. Chemically degraded vegitables and meat for the purpose of long time preservation and shot time ripening. Accessive storing for the purpose of price hike and high profit. No concern about environment and many similar unethical and unjust behaviors, actions and attitude all of them is contributing in punishing the people for the same mistake they have done. Karma can be long term as rebirth but it is very practical in short term.


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