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COVID-19: SL not out of the woods yet, stresses Epidemiology Chief

7 April 2021 05:14 pm - 2     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


There is always a possibility of emerging new COVID clusters in the country and thus, the risk of the virus spreading in society still exists, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera emphasized.

He told media that Sri Lanka reports around 100 COVID cases daily and added the number could always spike due to the negligence of people.

“As we are approaching the Sinhala & Tamil New Year celebration, COVID-19 could spread in the areas where people gather in large numbers and places where people find it difficult to maintain social distance.

“Therefore, it is of utmost importance that people restrict their movement ahead of the festive season and strictly follow health guidelines when venturing outside,” he underlined.

He said if people act abiding by the health rules, the country could soon return to complete normalcy and experience relief in terms COVID-19 situation.

Commenting on the Sinopharm COVID vaccine, the Epidemiology Chief said the expert committee of the Health Ministry is yet to receive more data on the vaccine, though they had already obtained some.

“The committee will grant the approval to the vaccine once the relevant data are properly analysed,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


  Comments - 2

  • RoaringCreek Wednesday, 07 April 2021 05:30 PM

    Uncle, any fool knows this. The vaccination program is in a mess and number given can mot be trusted.

    vince Wednesday, 07 April 2021 05:30 PM

    It will be a long time before any country would be out of the woods. There is a lot of wishful thinking from people who are running countries including Sri Lanka. That Udaya chap has a lot to answer for the state of this country's covid positions. This is what happens when the leaders listen to educated? idiots especially relatives.

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