New variant of COVID-19 detected in SL; Study     Follow

A new variant of COVID-19 virus, which is similar to spreading rapidly in several countries, including United Kingdom has been detected in Sri Lanka, Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of Sri Jayewardenepura University, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said.

“This new variant (B.1.258 lineage) is different from the strain previously found in Sri Lanka and also it is different from the strain found from United Kingdom and South Africa,” Dr. Jeewandara told media today.

“The new variant found in Sri Lanka is also highly transmissible,” he said.(Sunil Jayasiri)

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