‘UK strain is not spreading among locals’

2021-01-14 at 15:08

Head of the Epidemiology Unit Dr. Sudath Samaraweera says there is no risk of transmission of the new stronger variant of coronavirus in Sri Lanka through the foreign national who was confirmed to have contracted the strain.

Speaking at a media briefing in Colombo Dr. Samaraweera said a member of the England cricket that arrived in Sri Lanka for the two Test series, tested positive for the new variant.

He however reiterated that there was no risk of transmission through the individual.

Dr. Samaraweera added as the player from the English squad did not come into contact with local citizens, it can be determined that strain of COVID-19 cannot be contracted by another.

He noted the player in question will receive adequate care in a treatment facility.

Dr. Samaraweera also stated that the vaccines that have been manufactured to fight the coronavirus is a positive sign.

As there is a risk of the virus entering Sri Lanka, the Chief of the Epidemiology Unit said flights from the UK have been temporarily halted.