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Highly Contagious UK Variant of Coronavirus Found in Sri Lanka for 1st Time

Sri Lankan well being officers take swab samples from staff of the Colombo municipal council to check for COVID-19 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File)

Sri Lanka has up to now recorded over 73,000 COVID-19 circumstances with 379 fatalities.

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  • Last Updated: February 12, 2021, 16:20 IST
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Colombo: For the primary time, Sri Lanka has reported the extremely contagious new variant of the coronavirus discovered within the UK, well being authorities stated on Friday. Dr Chandima Jeewandara, Director of immunology and molecular medication of the Sri Jayewardenepra University right here, stated that the newest variant, of B.1.1.7 lineage, is extremely contagious.

It was the third variant of coronavirus to be detected within the nation, he stated, mentioning 4 totally different areas from the place samples have been examined optimistic for the brand new UK variant. According to the well being authorities, the nation is recording over 800 COVID-19 circumstances every day.

In late January, with the receipt of free vaccines from India, the well being ministry launched a vaccination programme for the frontline well being staff and the army. A public vaccination programme is to get underway from mid-March with the anticipated orders of vaccines coming from India.

Sri Lanka has up to now recorded over 73,000 COVID-19 circumstances with 379 fatalities.

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