- New strain of Delta variant of Corona found in Sri Lanka
- Scientists finding out the strength of this strain, sample sent to Hong Kong
- Due to the delta variant, the cases of infection are increasing again in the world.
A new strain of the delta variant of Covid-19 has been detected in Sri Lanka on Friday. Scientists have named this strain as B.1.617.2.AY104. This is the third mutated form of the corona virus found in Sri Lanka. The Delta variant of Corona (B.1.617.2) is extremely contagious. Due to this variant, Corona caused terrible destruction in India in the month of April-May. Now with the arrival of its new variant in Sri Lanka, India’s concern has increased once again.
sample sent to hong kong for test
The delta variant is the main reason behind the rapid increase in cases of infection worldwide. Even a large number of vaccinated populations have shown its effects. However, the transmissibility of its subtype ‘AY104’ is not yet known. Its samples have been sent to laboratories in Hong Kong for further analysis, officials said.
Researchers of Jayawardenepura University discovered a new strain
Researchers at Sri Jayawardenepura University traced AY104. Dr Chandima Jeevadara, Director, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Government University, said that after the new mutation was detected, three forms of the virus have been reported in the country so far. He said the first variant was B.411, which is a variant of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus. The second one was B.1.617.2.AY28 and now it has come in the third form.
The effect of this strain in the northern and southern parts of Sri Lanka
He said that it is a matter of note that the new pattern has emerged in the North, North-Central and Southern Provinces. Other forms emerged in the Western Province (the capital Colombo). Meanwhile, Health Department officials have warned of the formation of new centers with the effect of Covid-19 in the North-Central and Southern Provinces.
Officials claim – people who are negligent
Dr Hemant Herath, Deputy Director General of Health Services, said that this has happened due to non-compliance of health guidelines. Ceremonies were held without rules. Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwela said that more than 75 per cent of the population above the age of 16 years and 61.8 per cent of the total population have taken both doses of anti-Covid-19 vaccines.