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By Easwaran Rutnam

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Health experts have raised fears of secondary infections after it was found that the public had ignored the health advisories issued by the authorities.

Secretary of the Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Association Mahendra Balasooriya told Daily Mirror that with travel restrictions largely relaxed during the festive season most people were seen ignoring health advisories.

He also said that social media was seen flooded with posts and messages promoting 31st night events at hotels and restaurants.

Balasooriya said that under normal circumstances it would not have been an issue but in a Covid pandemic environment there is a concern. “We did not see the health guidelines being strictly followed during the festive season so we now need to do more testing to identify and isolate the infected people,” he said.

He said that it is difficult to assume that the situation has improved as only random testing is being conducted and more testing may result in the detection of more patients.

Balasooriya said that even the isolation status was lifted at most housing complexes based on results obtained from random PCR testing.

“We need to do further testing as there could be secondary infections with these people moving back into society,” he said.

He said that with all that which took place during the festive season with the public moving around despite warnings issued, there is a likelihood that more infected people may emerge from Colombo or other parts of the country during the days ahead.

Balasooriya said that a risk assessment must also now be conducted and appropriate action taken.


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  • BigEars Friday, 01 January 2021 07:31 AM

    Yes, we had people from overseas too in Sri Lanka. Never mind the PHI, I am worried.

    Sokrates Friday, 01 January 2021 08:39 AM

    What did you expect from undisciplined Sri Lankans and this useless government?

    Victor Fernando Friday, 01 January 2021 10:10 AM

    this a good business for our government the more the virus the better the business

    Gema Friday, 01 January 2021 08:40 AM

    If the government hold event at the airport and dancers performing without masks, why shouldn't the public go to a party with masks?

    Banana Republic Friday, 01 January 2021 09:58 AM

    In Sri Lanka even Public Health Inspectors are also Scientists.


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