COVID-19: Country touches high risk margin: GMOA

Virus spread to community with no links to previous clusters

The country has exceeded the risk level of COVID-19 positive patients rate, as per the World Health Organisation (WHO) analysis, the Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) said.

GMOA Editor Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the COVID-19 positive rate has got past the 5.5 margin.

"The positive rate was at level 3.0 a month before. Then the rate increased to level 4. Now has got past level 5 and has reached 5.5; which is higher in risk," he said.

However, the Epidemiology Unit says the virus is still not emerging from the community and claimed all the patients who have recovered were related to the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda clusters.

But the reports emerging from the ground level notes that the recent infections have no links to the above two clusters, he said. 

Unfortunately, the country has failed to curb the spreading of virus to other provinces from  Western Province.

Therefore, more sub-clusters have begun to emerge in various parts of the country now, he said.

In the country recently, a large  number of COVID-19 positive patients have been found and more than 100 patients have been recorded from other provinces such as Southern and Central, he said. 

Whatever the Epidemiology Unit says as per the records in its hand, the COVID-19 virus has spread to the community and it has been proven from the ground level inspections, Dr. Aluthge said.

Thus, the country is heading towards a more precarious and highly dangerous situation, he added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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