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UK variant cause of fast spread

50 percent more transmissible:
Cases exceed 1,000 per day for first time
Nearly 95,000 Covid recoveries:

Medical experts have pointed out that the current variant of the COVID-19 Coronavirus spreading in Sri Lanka is the highly contagious mutant of the Coronavirus found in the United Kingdom.

Speaking to the media, the Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said that the B.1.1.7 variant of the Coronavirus which is spreading in the UK is confirmed to be spreading in the country. This was confirmed from tests conducted on samples obtained from Colombo, Kurunegala, and Boralesgamuwa.

“This strain has a 5 percent mortality rate and 50 per cent high transmissibility compared to the Sri Lankan lineage previously spreading in the country. The UK variant was previously only detected from quarantine centres, among those who returned from overseas,” he said.

The number of people found to be infected by the Coronavirus per day in Sri Lanka crossed the 1,000 mark for the first time on Tuesday. This is however far below the numbers observed in many neighbouring countries.

The National Operations Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) stated that as of yesterday (28) morning, a total of 1,111 more persons were confirmed positive to COVID -19 in the past 24 hours including 15 Sri Lankan expatriates and 1096 of those positive cases are locally-identified ones, 200 from Colombo District, 198 from Gampaha District, 119 from Kurunegala District and 579 others from other districts islandwide.

By yesterday morning, a total of 103,486 persons, inclusive of 98,237 of the fish market cluster and Minuwangoda Brandix cluster have been confirmed positive to COVID-19 from all over the country, including the dead (655). A total of 94,856 fully-recovered COVID-19 patients have been so far discharged from hospitals and the rest 7,975 are still under treatment in hospitals and care centres.