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UK Alpha COVID-19 variant detected in 09 areas

The COVID-19 variant (Alpha) found in the UK has been detected from nine areas in Sri Lanka, Director of the Allergy, Immunity and Cell Biology Unit at the Sri Jayewardenepura University Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said today(10th of June).

Accordingly, the B.1.1.7, UK variant (Alpha) has been identified from Colombo, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Kuliyaputiya, Wariyapola, Habaraduwa (Matara), Thissamaharama, Karapitiya, and Ragama.

Moreover, he said the Indian and Sri Lankan variants had also been detected in two areas.

“The B.1.617.2, the Indian variant of the virus (Delta) has been detected from a quarantine facility in Waskaduwa while the B.1.411, Sri Lankan lineage of COVID-19 has been reported from Thissamaharama,” he stressed.

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