August 7 (AdaDerana / NewsFirst) – Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 is sweeping through Colombo at an alarming speed, Director of the Department of Immunology & Molecular Medicine at Sri Jayewardenepura University says.
In a tweet, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara stated that the PCR samples from Colombo have revealed that more than 75% of the patients detected within the last week are infected with the Delta strain.
However, only 19.3% of Delta COVID-19 cases were detected during the first week of July, he said further.
In what he called the “ultrafast spread” of the Delta variant in Colombo, Dr. Jeewandara also showed a graph depicting how this highly transmissible variant of concern has reversed the pandemic situation just within a month, overtaking the spread of Alpha strain.
Around 03 people are dying of COVID-19 per hour on average in the country, said Dr. Manilka Sumanatilleke, the Vice President of the Sri Lanka Medical Association on Thursday (05).
“It’s a race between the virus (COVID) and the vaccine,” he warned, adding people with complicated illnesses such as diabetes, High Blood Pressure, and Heart Diseases must obtain the COVID-19 vaccine without delay as a vaccine will boost immunity.