- Says if a second wave were to be reported, it might be in the coming two weeks
By Jamila Husain
Only one COVID-19 cluster remains active in Sri Lanka but strict surveillance by medical workers and authorities will continue to ensure a second wave of the virus does not raise its head, an official from the Health Ministry told Daily Mirror yesterday.
From the eight active clusters around two weeks ago, only one remains active from which COVID-19 patients are being detected along with those who have associated with them while a few other cases of those who have returned from overseas are being reported. Other than that, Sri Lanka has not reported any new cluster, faced sporadic cases or seen community transmission of the virus.
With some countries now facing a second wave of coronavirus, the official told Daily Mirror Sri Lanka too would have to continue to remain vigilant hence why the public have been told to adhere to strict health guidelines.
“If a second wave were to be reported here, it might be in the coming two weeks. However, Sri Lanka has handled the situation very differently from other countries ever since the virus broke out here. We began tracing those who had associated with patients within hours with the help of military intelligence which prevented a major outbreak. Right now, it is only the navy cluster that is active, but in that too, all preventive measures have been taken so we may not see a second wave at all just as we did not see a community transmission,” the official said.
New coronavirus cases in China and South Korea, which recently eased restrictions and reopened their economies, have sparked fears of a second wave of the outbreak in countries hit by the COVID-19.
According to reports, 17 new COVID-19 cases were reported on the Chinese mainland including 10 local transmissions yesterday while cases in Wuhan were diagnosed for a second consecutive day. The city remained infection-free for weeks due to a strict lockdown.
In South Korea, where a decline in new cases had prompted the government to loosen up, reported 35 new virus cases yesterday – the highest daily spike since April 9.
Till last evening, over 860 cases were reported in Sri Lanka out of which 343 patients had recovered and been discharged. Colombo topped the list of the highest number of cases with 150 patients reported, followed by Gampaha with 36 cases, Puttalam 35 and Kalutara 34.
The highest number of patients was admitted to the Navy Hospital followed by IDH and the Colombo East Base Hospital. Patients were also in the Welikanda Base Hospital, Iranawila Hospital, Kattankudy and Homagama Base Hospitals.
- It is only the navy cluster that is active, but in that too, all preventive measures have been taken