The Delta variant of COVID-19 has been found to be spreading ultrafast in the Colombo area, medical experts pointed out.
According to Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura Dr. Chandima Jeewandara, 75% of the COVID cases detected in Colombo during the last week of the month of July were individuals infected with the Delta variant.
However, it was recorded in the first week of July as 13%. He said this was detected in lab tests carried out on COVID-19 variants.
The Delta variant was first detected in the Dematagoda area. A number of cases were detected thereafter in several areas of the country.
According to health experts, the Delta variant would become the predominant strain in Sri Lanka in the near future pushing infections and mortality to higher numbers. (Sheain Fernandopulle)