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No immediate threat to SL from new strain: Health Authorities

14 January 2021 04:38 am - 4     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Health authorities say there was no immediate threat to Sri Lanka despite one individual being detected with the new variant of the coronavirus.

Deputy Director-general of Public Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath urged the public to remain calm saying all precautionary measures had been taken.

He said that steps had been taken at the start when it was suspected that the arrival from the UK had been infected with the new strain.

Dr. Herath said that the arrival was from the UK but refused to reveal details of the individual.

Daily Mirror had exclusively reported yesterday that the new strain may have entered Sri Lanka.

Dr. Herath said that gene sequencing resulted in the detection of the new strain in the individual.

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said measures will be taken to strictly enforce health guidelines in Sri Lanka and to prevent the new variant from entering society. He further said there is no change to the COVID containment process currently followed by health officials.

The Chief Epidemiologist said the detection, treatment, and management of the virus will remain unchanged at present.(JAMILA HUSEIN)

  Comments - 4

  • BigEars Thursday, 14 January 2021 07:52 AM

    Yes, thanks for the information. Once again, get the airports and seaports closed until the conditions stabilise. Why no such talk?

    lal Thursday, 14 January 2021 08:00 AM

    Even the earlier strain wasn't a threat as it was imagined. Our food with medicinal spices certainly has some good effects. The issue is many think we are Europeans and look for type of solutions from their approach.

    Selvakumar Thursday, 14 January 2021 10:10 AM

    new variant coronavirus arrive from UK, but UK researchers already inform their can be new variant coronavirus !!!

    Jeeves Thursday, 14 January 2021 12:07 PM

    The fact that the new strain has entered our shores IS enough of a threat! It is 50-70 times more transmissible, meaning it can spread to more people very quickly! We need to close our borders ASAP!

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