Sri Lanka has detected its first COVID-19’s new variant Omicron, said the Deputy Director General of Health Services Hemantha Herath.
“Today, we have found one Omicron infected person from our labs,” he announced.
The person who was tested positive had arrived from an African country along with his family is now in quarantine, said an official.
Earlier, on November 28, the Sri Lanka government announced that arrivals from South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho and Eswatini will undergo mandatory quarantine.
Sri Lanka ended its lockdown on October 1, which lasted since mid-August. The deadly third wave of the coronavirus struck in mid-April.