The new strain in Coronavirus is transmissible and is more potent than those found previously in the island nation Sri Lanka. This variant is airborne and can remain so for nearly an hour and is spreading fast. Sri Lanka is reporting more than 600 cases per day.
The head of the department of Immunology and Molecular Sciences of the Sri Jayawardenapura University, Neelika Malavige said, the new strain is airborne and the droplets remain in the air for nearly an hour.
The health authorities think the new variant is spreading rapidly after last week’s New Year Celebrations where the younger generation and youth were present and probably got infected. They say the disease can progress into the third wave within the next two incubation periods.
The ministry of COVID prevention has issued new guidelines for all to follow until the end of the month May. The guidelines allow only 50% capacity of any institution or organization with revelry of any kind banned. The cases around the country were around 150 before the New Year celebrations in April which now rose up to about 600 per day. The officials are worried of the country running out of their health care capacity.
The current cases in Sri Lanka are nearly 99,661 and about 638 deaths were registered due to the virus. The director general of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena said the hospitals have enough capacity and space to treat the COVID effected patients but it is important to avoid the infection altogether by following the issued guidelines.
He said, “Previous symptoms are not apparent and distinguishable. They are more visible now and even developing easier in young people.”
Those who are effected are facing breathing problems hence needing ICU admission and oxygen support.
Sri Lanka is not the only nation to witness the COVID-19 strain recently. Other Asian countries like India, Pakistan, Indonesia among others also had the unfortunate situation of it.