Another sub lineage of Delta variant has been detected in Sri Lanka, Director of the Department of Immunology & Molecular Medicine at Sri Jayewardenepura Dr. Chandima Jeewandara said.
Accordingly, he said the new sub lineage has been named as B.1.617.2.104.
This is in addition to B.1.617.2.28 sub lineage which was detected earlier in September.
“Therefore, the delta variants in Sri Lanka now have two unique sub lineages that originated in Sri Lanka,” he added.
“Sri Lanka now has another delta sub lineage: In addition to B.1.617.2.28 sub lineage, another sub lineage in Sri Lanka has been assigned as B.1.617.2.104,” Dr Jeewandara tweeted.
Moreover, he said Sri Lanka now has three SARS-CoV-2 variants that originated in Sri Lanka; the first one was B.411, which is a lineage of the ancestral SARS-CoV-2 virus. (Sheain Fernandopulle)