Sri Lankan health authorities alert of further spread of Delta variant

Sri Lankan health experts have alerted that the Delta variant, which was found in the country recently, may cause chaos in the weeks ahead, as per reports. Professor Neelika Malavige in the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Medical Sciences said "We are in danger as the Delta variant causes havoc on severe disease and deaths until the population is vaccinated. The vulnerable population is adults."

Currently, Sri Lanka is administering over 300,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine every day for those above the age of 30 years with 7 percent of its eligible population fully inoculated, and medical experts have not recommended opening the country till all within the age group are vaccinated. Only vaccinations are complete, especially on adults, can the country think of returning to complete normalcy, medical experts have said. Authorities have set a target to complete inoculations by the end of August or the beginning of September, Malavige said.

Over 5 million people have been inoculated nationwide while the vaccination program is ongoing in full scale, health authorities said. The vaccine currently being administered in Sri Lanka is the Sinopharm, according to statistics from the health ministry. To date, the country has reported 284,933 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 3,779 deaths.


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