By Dilanthi Jayamanne
A total 14, out of the 25 samples obtained, during random testing for COVID19, have been suspected to be positive for the delta variant of the virus, Deputy Director General Disaster Management and Emergency Response, Dr. Hemantha Herath said.
Dr.Herath, when contacted yesterday (13), said random sampling had been conducted in the vicinities of the areas in which the Delta variant had been detected earlier and 25 samples had been obtained. He said that while “preliminary testing” 14 of them had shown genetic mutations suspected to be those of the delta variant of the coronavirus.
However, the Epidemiology Unit was notified, as there were measures to be taken without delay, without waiting around for conformation as to whether the suspicion was true or false.
He noted that while the suspect samples had been transferred to the Sri Jayawardenapura University for gene sequencing, the Epidemiology Unit had been informed that it would take about a week to verify the true situation.
Responding to questions Dr. Herath said there had been initially five cases detected from the Dematagoda area while a further 14 had been detected, according to health authorities, subsequently. These were still suspected cases, he noted.