Delta COVID-19 variant identified from Colombo

An individual who contracted the Delta COVID-19 variant or B.1.617.2 has been identified from Colombo.

Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayawardenapura Dr. Chandima Jeewandara in a tweet said the B.1.617.2 was detected in Colombo.

Dr. Jeewandara said the Delta virus variant is 50% faster than the Alpha virus variant B117.

He added the variant is more severe and evades a coronavirus vaccine dose as well.

The Delta virus was first detected in India in late 2020, while the World Health Organisation named it the Delta variant on the 31st of May this year.

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