By Sheain Fernandopulle
The COVID-19 situation in the country will remain normal although the number of COVID cases increase due to the cluster created in the Jaffna area, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said.
Addressing a media briefing, he said the surge in COVID cases was reported during the past two days following the PCR tests carried out on the first contacts of the patients detected from the cluster in the Jaffna area.
“The individuals, who were found to have contracted the virus in the Jaffna area were from quarantine centres and therefore, there is no risk that the virus could spread in the society. However, there could be more COVID cases from the cluster,” Dr Samaraweera stressed.
Meanwhile, he said they had directed all the state hospitals to inform the Epidemiology Unit over any admittance of patients after two weeks of vaccination.
“Accordingly, we have received six cases of blood clots. However, it is yet to be ascertained whether they can be linked to the direct effect of the vaccine,” he added.