‘Omicron variant much more transmissible than Delta strain’

Specialist Physician at the Colombo National Hospital, Dr. Harsha Sathischandra says the special feature of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus is that the virus strain is highly transmissible.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau today, Dr. Sathischandra said the Omicron variant is much more transmissible than the Delta coronavirus strain.

He said 16 million individuals have obtained a first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 14 million individuals have obtained two doses.

Dr. Sathischandra said the vaccination drive has been successful with over 75 percent obtaining the first dose while nearly 70 percent have received the second dose.

He said only 4.3 million individuals have obtained the booster dose adding they are not satisfied with the numbers.

He added they are more individuals who are yet to receive a single dose of a COVID-vaccine due to various reasons.

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