ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has detected 75 more Omicron patients at the latest gene sequencing test done at the Allergy Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura, a health expert said on Saturday (22).
The report issued by the Unit said, out of 78 samples tested, 75 new cases of Omicron and 3 new cases of Delta were detected.
“These 78 samples were sequenced from the 1st 2nd and 3rd weeks of January from the community.” said Chandima Jeewandara, Director of the Allergy, Immunology and Cell Biology Unit of the Faculty of Medicine.
As detected in the previous result, a mix of the two main Omicron lineages BA.1 and BA.2. were also detected in the 75 new Omicron cases, he said.
A total of 56 Omicron sublineages (BA.1 ) cases were detected in Colombo, Avissawella, Borelesgamuwa, Homagama, Katugoda, Kosgama, Madapatha, Padukka, Parakudawa and Wellampitiya while 12 cases of BA.2 were detected in Avissawella, Badulla, Colombo, Galle, Konnawala, Mt Lavinia, Nugegoda.
Another seven cases of B.1.1.529 original Omicron variant also were detected in Angoda, Colombo, Ruwanwella, Mt Lavinia, Nugegoda and Padukka.
One passenger from India was detected with BA.2.
“Currently, 8 percent of the sequences of Sri Lanka are BA.2, which was named as a variant of interest by the UK Health security agency,” Jeewandara said.
Three different Delta sub lineages cases detected were including one case of AY.98 (Sri Lanka delta sub-lineage) from Thalangama. one case of AY.104 (Sri Lanka delta sub-lineage) from Kaduwela and one case of B.1.617.2 from Wellampitiya.
Health experts had speculated Omicron to become the dominant variant in Sri Lanka due to its highly transmissible nature . (Colombo/ Jan 22/2022)