The COVID-19 variant currently spreading in several areas of the country has been confirmed to be the variant spreading in the UK (B.1.1.7), Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of Sri Jayewardenepura University Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said.
He said the B.1.1.7 variant of the Coronavirus which is specific to the UK, was detected from a total of 43 samples obtained from Colombo, Boralesgamuwa and Kurunegala districts.
“Accordingly, we have observed that almost all of the samples could be attributed to the variant spreading in the UK. This has confirmed 100 per cent,” Dr. Jeewandara said.
“Though we have so far reported that the B.1.411 lineage (Sri Lankan lineage) is the predominant virus strain in Sri Lanka, we can now say that it has been replaced by this new strain."
He also said the scientific research carried out on this new variant had shown that the death rate is 55 per cent higher than the normal variant while transmissibility rate is 50 per cent.
"The plus point is that the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is being used in Sri Lanka gives us protection against this variant, " he stressed.
Meanwhile, Dr. Jeewandara said they had received samples covering every part of the country, in order to determine whether other variants are present in the community. “These samples are being tested and we expect the results in about seven days,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)
Yes made in England is better than Indian or Chinese
Rani Wednesday, 28 April 2021 11:18 AM
Very strange UK didnt have no symptoms to pneumonia in their variant. Are you making it up ?
RoaringCreek Wednesday, 28 April 2021 11:31 AM
In that case it does not live in the air. This further shows the professionalism of Sri Lanka's medial fraternity. They just read information available in the pubic domain on the Internet and then rattle of to us, the jokers.
w Wednesday, 28 April 2021 11:38 AM
IMPOSE A LOCKDOWN!!!
Selvakumar Wednesday, 28 April 2021 12:37 PM
It's corona virus doesn't access with vaccines !!!
S.Nishantha Wednesday, 28 April 2021 01:39 PM
So there is a correlation between Peliyagoda cluster and UK....
Covid controller Wednesday, 28 April 2021 02:01 PM
Stop in and out flights to the UK.
Palitha W Wednesday, 28 April 2021 02:34 PM
We must show to the English people that we are suffering very badly and we are victims of conspiracy by foreign forces. They will also recognise that we are suffering from same virus. This will help to gain sympathy from them.
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