Sri Lanka: new fast spreading #coronavirus strain identified as UK variant B117

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The coronavirus variant currently spreading in Sri Lanka has been found to be a UK B.1.1.7 variant of the virus. Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the Sri Jayewardenepura University, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said mutations specific to the UK variant B.1.1.7 lineage, had been detected in several areas of the country. He said the virus strain has been detected from samples obtained from Colombo, Boralesgamuwa and Kurunegala.  Dr. Jeewandara further said that this confirms that the B.1.1.7 lineage of COVID-19 is the new strain currently circulating in Sri Lanka. He said this particular strain of the coronavirus has been identified as the cause for the current massive outbreak in the country.

Colombo Gazette report

 

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