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New variant of COVID-19 detected in SL; Study


26 January 2021 06:10 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


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)

  Comments - 8

  • Seyed Tuesday, 26 January 2021 06:16 PM


    Sam Silva Tuesday, 26 January 2021 06:23 PM

    Government needs to rethink to have the boarders open.

    Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 26 January 2021 06:41 PM

    Sir appreciate your professionalism in divulging the truth without caving into political pressure . It's now up to our efficient ministry of health and the highly competent Covid task force to reveal to the public how to protect against the new strain and admit that it is now in society without deceiving the public

    G abe Tuesday, 26 January 2021 06:43 PM

    Hope the money from cricket and tourists can support the poor when lockdown happens again, oh wait no it just gonna go into a few peoples pockets

    Idiot Boy Tuesday, 26 January 2021 06:47 PM

    Our paradise island welcome tourists.

    Latest model Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:39 PM

    Another 1st for SL. Is this the latest model -Covid 21- which we have manufactured? We can now export this via the.millions of 'tourists' visiting paradise Island. Sad...sad...sad.

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 27 January 2021 01:18 AM

    Seed says bingo expressing his happiness about the news.

    Kadiya Wednesday, 27 January 2021 06:44 AM

    No doubt it has been brought down by Udayaga's Ukrainians!!!

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