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Delta variant still remains a major threat

Experts say the Delta coronavirus variant first detected in India poses a major threat to unvaccinated and partially vaccinated individuals.

Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said the Delta COVID-19 variant remains a pertinent threat despite a reduction in daily coronavirus cases in the country.

Dr. Jeewandara in a statement said therefore adhering to mitigating measures until a significant percentage in the country is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is important.

The reports of the genome sequencing tests results conducted on samples obtained from various parts of the country have been handed over to the Director General of Health Services.

Dr. Jeewandara said 141 samples were tested last week.

At least five cases of the highly transmissible Delta coronavirus variant have been detected in Sri Lanka thus far.

Although restrictions have been eased in recent days in the country, experts have repeatedly raised concerns about the lax approach of the public towards health regulations.

India, the United Kingdom and several others countries have been reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks following the emergence of the Delta variant.

Sri Lanka has also taken certain precautionary measures including the imposition of entry bans on individuals from high risk regions.

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