Passenger transiting in SL responsible for Delta variant Covid cluster in Melbourne

The Delta (Indian) variant Covid-19 cluster which emerged in Melbourne, Australia has been found to have originated from an arriving passenger who was on transit via Sri Lanka, Dr. Chandima Jeewandara, Director of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura stated today (10).

Speaking to The Morning, Dr, Jeewandara stated that this was confirmed by the health authorities in Australia.

Earlier, as reported by, local authorities in Melbourne revealed a number of theories addressing how the variant entered the community, all of which pointed to a Sri Lankan traveller who arrived in Melbourne.

Victoria Deputy Chief Health Officer Professor Allen Cheng stated that Victorian contact tracers found a genomic link overnight between this Sri Lankan traveller who entered the state’s hotel quarantine system on May 8 and the West Melbourne Delta cluster.