The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka has warned the A.30 coronavirus variant which does not respond to vaccines, could enter Sri Lanka in the near future.
Chairman Upul Rohana said all variants identified globally have been reported in Sri Lanka, adding therefore the A.30 variant may also be detected in the country.
He requested the public to strictly adhere to health directives.
He noted the new variant has been reported in several countries, and reportedly does not respond to any existing vaccine.
Upul Rohana said therefore although Sri Lanka has a high vaccination rate, if the new variant enters the country, it will lead to destruction.
He stated it will spread rapidly as health guidelines are being disregarded at present, which will burden persons who depend on the vaccine.
Rohana said there is a risk of more variants emerging in future.
He claimed persons who are vaccinated are testing positive for the virus, and virus which grows within them may not respond to the vaccine.