A total of 19 new COVID-19 patients with the Indian variant known as Delta have been detected in several areas in the country, Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath said.
He told Daily Mirror that the patients have been identified from areas such as Colombo, Piliyandala, Jaffna and Kilinochchi.
Accordingly, the number of total Delta variant cases so far detected in the country has increased to 38.
He proceeded to say that measures are being taken to prevent the spreading of the virus from these areas.
One of the patients is a 22-year-old male, who is a medical student at the Sri Jayewardenepura University. He is a resident of Piliyandala.