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New UK variant of COVID-19 found here

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said the new UK variant of COVID-19 was found in a person who arrived from UK in Sri Lanka.

He said this person who had arrived from the United Kingdom was confirmed to have been infected with this new variant from research conducted by a team led by Prof. Neelika Malavige of the Immunology and Molecular Medicine Department of the Medical Sciences Faculty of the Sri Jayewardenepura University.

Prof.Malavige had confirmed that the patient was infected with the new strain of the virus that emerged in the UK. The Chief Epidemiologist further stated that this infected person was identified during special investigations that had been carried out on people from foreign countries.

He further said that the government, including the Health Ministry will pay special attention in this new virus and prevent its spread in the country. He predicted that if the new virus spreads, more infections could be reported and the death toll could rise.