COVID-19 strain responsible for current outbreak in Sri Lanka confirmed as UK variant

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Dr. Chandima Jeewandara, Director of Allergy, Immunity and Cell Biology Unit of Sri Jayewardenepura University says mutations specific to UK variant of SARS-CoV-2 (B.1.1.7) has been detected in Sri Lanka,.

The mutations were discovered in the samples obtained from Colombo, Boralesgamuwa and Kurunegala areas.

This confirms that B.1.1.7 is the currently circulating strain in Sri Lanka, responsible for the ongoing massive outbreak, Dr. Jeewandara noted. He said the virus variant has been identified as rapidly spreading, He also stated the variant is dangerous as it increases virus related death rate to 55 percent while transmissibility to 50 percent.

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