Apr 23, Colombo: A new variant of the COVID-19 coronavirus has been detected in Sri Lanka and the new virus strain is spreading faster than the old strain Professor Neelika Malavige of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura said today.
Speaking at a media briefing at the Government Information Department, the Prof. Malavige said this new variant is behaving completely differently from the variant detected in the first and second COVID-19 waves in Sri Lanka.
Prof. Malavige says the new variant infects five to six people from one person and is seen more in young people. She added that although the previous variants did not show symptoms, the new variant does show symptoms.
She added that what the new variant will be announced in the next few days.
Prof. Malavige said since the virus is transmitted through air, more than ever the public should wear masks and avoid crowded places.