Sri Lankan health officials announced that the country’s health system was on alert regarding a new COVID-19 variant first detected in South Africa, according to reports. Quoting local health officials, it is reported that the mutation was not detected in Sri Lanka, but the country’s health system was on alert as these mutations were spreading rapidly globally, according to media reports.
Professor Chandima Jeevanandara, from the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, Sri Jayawardenepura University, said the variant found in South Africa was the most mutated coronavirus ever found and it was common for new mutations to emerge in an epidemic. “It may not have any serious impact on how the virus works,” Jeevandara said.
According to a study, the C.1.2 version, first detected in South Africa, has since been found in countries such as the UK, New Zealand and Switzerland. Scientists are studying whether the C.1.2 version is more dangerous than the currently dominant Delta version.
Sri Lanka is facing a rapid increase in Covid-19 infections with the spread of the delta variant, which has infected nearly 60,000 people in recent weeks. The total number of Covid-19 cases reported since March last year is 426,169, while the number of active patients is 59,796 and the death toll is 8,991.