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Person arrived from UK identified with new COVID variant: Dr Samaraweera

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An individual who had arrived from the United Kingdom (UK) was identified with the new COVID-19 variant which is rapidly spreading in the UK, Chief Epidemiologist of the Academy of Epidemic Diseases Unit Dr Sudath Samaraweera said.

He said the infected person might have arrived in the country a week or two ago.

Investigations in this regard are underway, he said.

The research was conducted by the Sri Jayewardenepura research team headed by Professor Nieelika Malavige. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  Comments - 12

  • Michael Ranasinghe Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:15 PM

    Here we go ..

    Mm Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:19 PM

    Shame on the decision makers! All passengers from UK were to be stopped for some time yet you kept approving and bringing them in! Now you make us all worry. Is the current regime trying to increase the infected numbers in Sri Lanka ?????

    Dimi Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:30 PM

    If the person arrived 2 weeks ago, should still be in quarantine. Hope results obtained

    Esther Cohen, Europe Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:38 PM

    Wake up!!!! This is a big disaster. Take a look at Europe. Every country has a strict lockdown because of this very contegeous variant.

    Madhawa Perera Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:42 PM

    Does it means, even the government officially stopped arrivals from UK, people can come ?

    Selvakumar Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:44 PM

    what's is the health ministry doing in sri Lanka ??

    REX Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:46 PM

    What is the response from all connected with opening our borders?

    Jeeves Wednesday, 13 January 2021 12:55 PM

    FACT: UK variant is 50-70 times more transmissible than older strain! GREED, STUPIDITY and IGNORANCE opened airports. WISE GOVERNANCE needs to close them!

    Seb Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:16 PM

    Just follow strict 14 days quarantine (no self quarantine) for new arrivals and the issue will be resolved.

    Sherlock Holmans Wednesday, 13 January 2021 01:39 PM

    (Are you happy) Dan saneepada? We had a lot of chances to control corona, but government failed, now it has gone over the level. Only thing left is to fool the people with Dhammika Syrup.

    We are all ***ked Wednesday, 13 January 2021 05:25 PM

    He came as excess baggage with the English Cricket team!

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 13 January 2021 07:47 PM

    All finished now. Countries who continued to allow travellers from UK have seen their covid cases multiply onadaily basis.

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