15 more COVID cases from Dematagoda Aramaya place (Video)

Saturday, 19 June 2021 - 17:21

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It is reported that 15 more COVID cases have been identified from the Dematagoda Aramaya area where the Delta variant, which is spreading in India, has been identified.

Dr. Chandima Jeewandara recently stated that five Delta variant COVID cases, which is spreading rapidly in India, have been found in the Dematagoda area in Colombo.

He had stated that the Delta variant causes more severe damage than the B.1.1.7 variant and can spread at twice the rate.

The Indian media has reported that there is a new mutation in the Delta (B1.6.617.2) variant of the Indian COVID variant, which is currently spreading rapidly around the world.

This variant, which is said to spread faster than the Delta variant, is called AY.1 or Delta Plus.

At present, 63 patients of this type have been identified worldwide and in the COVID report released by India on 11 June, 6 patients with this new type of infection have been reported from that country.

In addition, one patient each of this type was reported from Canada, Germany, and Russia.

There were two patients from Nepal, four from Switzerland, nine from Poland, 12 from Portugal, 13 from Japan, and 14 from the United States.

However, health officials fear that this variant may not respond well to existing COVID vaccines.

The University of Sri Jayewardenepura's Institute of Allergy and Immunology has confirmed that all the five samples used in the PCR tests at Dematagoda Aramaya Road have been confirmed to be of the Indian Delta variant (B.1.617.2).

In addition, more samples were taken from Karapitiya, Batticaloa, and Colombo 6, 8, and 10 in the Colombo Municipal Council area.

However, no special conditions were reported during the test.

Dr. Chandima Jeewandara of the University of Jayewardenepura stated that it is a serious situation that 100% of the samples taken from the same place tested are of the same variant.

He pointed out that the situation is further complicated by the fact that it is the Delta (B.1.617.2) variant, which causes serious health conditions to worsen.

The Indian Delta variant has been reported from Sri Lanka on two previous occasions, and the PCR samples were taken through quarantine centres.

This is the first time that this species has been reported in Sri Lankan society.