Three mutations of the coronavirus Delta variant have been identified in Sri Lanka.
State Minister Channa Jayasumana speaking in Parliament during the debate on the COVID-19 Provisions Bill this afternoon said, the mutations have been identified as SA 222V, SA 701S and SA 1078S.
The State Minister said mutations of the Delta variant could be a leading cause behind the rise in coronavirus cases at present.
He stated the Delta variant has been identified as the variant that is mainly spreading in the country, adding that specialists too have confirmed this development.
State Minister Jayasumana said the Delta virus variant’s spread is currently between 60-70%, with severe symptoms in patients and high dependency on oxygen as well.
The State Minister claimed the mutations of the Delta variant are known as spike mutations adding this could be a major contributing factor in the rapidspread of the virus.
State Minister Jayasumana on a separate note said all decisions taken by the government pertaining to the coronavirus, are reached following assessments of information by intelligence and health units.
He rubbished charges by the opposition that the government lost the support of western countries, adding that they received vaccine donations from China, Japan, the United States and even India.