Coronavirus Health Sri Lanka

New Denmark/Iraq variant detected in Sri Lanka

Patients with Denmark/Iraq variants of COVID-19 (B.1.428) have been detected Colombo, Sri Lanka Dr Chandima Jeewandara, Director of Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit at the University of Sri Jayewardenapura said.

He said the three individuals with the new variant were identified from the community in Colombo and added the samples were brought by intelligence.

“We obtained 55 samples out of them, 36 belong to the lineage B.1.411, which is predominately found in Sri Lanka. These samples were obtained strains found in Sapugaskanda, the elderly home in Battaramulla, Mannar, Jaffna, Colombo and Kegalle. Here, some had certain mutations of interest, which we are investigating further,” he said.

“Apart from that, two returnees from Qatar were found with the South African variant B.1.351 while seven individuals with the UK variant, B.1.1.7 were also detected out of whom six were from quarantine centres and one person was a fisherman who was arrested in the seas for smuggling illegal goods,” he said. 

Moreover, he said it is when the virus spreads only, the mutations appear and therefore, urged people to stick to the basic health guidelines in order to prevent the virus from spreading.

0 comments on “New Denmark/Iraq variant detected in Sri Lanka

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: