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Health guidelines should be followed even after vaccine rollout – Dr. Herath

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People should continue to adhere to health guidelines even after the vaccine rollout against COVID-19, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said yesterday.

Dr. Herath told Daily Mirror that mass inoculation against the coronavirus would have a different effect in the containment of the pandemic. He said people, bar a few, had been cooperating with the health and law enforcement authorities in the fight against COVID-19.   

He said vaccination would reduce hospitalisations and strain on the Intensive Care Units.   

Asked about the rise in the number of cases, he said it had happened, as expected, because the law enforcement authorities did not place legal barriers on the movement of people during the last festive period.   

However, he said there was nothing to be concerned since the situation had not spun out of control.   

“It is well under control by the health authorities. Some people talk about a dangerous trend. Yet, there is no exponential increase in the number of cases reported on a daily basis. That is the important fact,” he said.   

Dr. Herath said the number of patients getting infected by one COVID-19 patient remains less than two as a ratio.   
“If it is more than two, the daily caseload will multiply into an exponential number. We have not reached that situation. One must remember that we maintain this situation without imposing restrictions on people’s movements,” he said. (Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 6

  • Philip de silva Tuesday, 26 January 2021 05:43 AM

    Firstly Please get vaccine sufficient enough for masses we are getting some free donated quantity from India for front line staff beyond that?

    Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 26 January 2021 06:54 AM

    Doctor if you admit that guidelines were not enforced during the festive season are they enforced now ? There are private parties blatantly violating health guidelines , no crowd control in public places and transport just to name a few . It's no point faulting the public unless the public are given clear instructions and informed of the actual situation and not the " feel good" situation that's being created .

    Selvakumar Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:22 AM

    it's after the vaccine also flow the medical guide line ??, the vaccine not that's much of power to control the corona virus ???

    Mahendra Tuesday, 26 January 2021 09:46 AM

    Please get the vaccine for all and then talk . If No plans made to bring it soon, but big talks

    Sunil Tuesday, 26 January 2021 09:50 AM

    This is a long, long way off.

    CEY Tuesday, 26 January 2021 09:58 AM

    If the Top Officers who decide dont have confidence on vaccine, why you give it.?

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