The report of Whole genomic sequencing of the SARS-CoV-2 variants in Sri Lanka was issued by the Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of the Department of Immunology Molecular and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura. The study was carried out by USJ researchers including Prof. Neelika Malavige and Dr. Chandima Jeewandara.
Out of the 150 samples that were sequenced from the last week of August to the first week of September, 148 samples had the delta variant B.1.617.2 (delta). Which was identified from Colombo, Galle, Matara, Hambantota, Ratnapura, Kandy, Gampaha, Jaffna, Polonnaruwa and Kurunegala districts. Only 2 samples were alpha variant B.1.1.7 (alpha) identified from Kolonnawa and Colombo 14.
Sub lineages of delta identified during the first week of September (n=84)
• AY.10: 4/82 (first time identified)
• AY.12: 33/82 (first detected in Sri Lanka on 14/07/2021)
• AY.4: 2/82 (first detected in Sri Lanka on 10/06/2021)
• AY.7.1: 2/82 (first time identified)
• B.1.617.2: 41/82
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