Delta Plus not detected in Sri Lanka yet: university lab

ECONOMYNEXT – The Delta Plus variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 that’s reported to be spreading in India and elsewhere has not been detected in Sri Lanka yet, an expert said.

Dr Chandima Jeewandara, Director of the Allergy Immunology and Cell Biology Unit at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura (USJ) said sequencing tests carried out in Sri Lanka have so far not indicated the presence of Delta Plus in the island.

Dr Jeewandara’s lab has been gene sequencing tests to identify variants of SARS-CoV-2 spreading in Sri Lanka since the onset of the pandemic.

Sri Lanka so far has detected two variants of concern, the Alpha and Delta strains, spreading in the community.

Sri Lanka’s Delta branch, with three new mutations identified in the country, named B.1.617.2.28 Sri Lanka lineage is also spreading in the country, mainly in the western province, he said.

According to the USJ, the Delta variant has become the dominant variant in the country while a proportion of the Alpha B.1.411 Sri Lankan variant is also still present in the community. (Colombo/Oct 21/2021)

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