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Following the discovery of Covid-19 patients from a large geographical area of the country, the authorities concerned are looking at fresh strategies to contain the pandemic, an official said yesterday.

Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath told Daily Mirror though there were not large COVID19 clusters like the ones that originated from the Minuwangoda apparel factory and the Peliyagoda fish market, daily identified cases were from a wider geographical area.

Dr. Herath said all the institutions involved in the containment of the disease would have a meeting today to explore novel measures to arrest the trend. During the 24hour period that ended yesterday evening, over 14,000 PCR tests had been conducted. The health authorities continue to do PCR testing in target groups.

“When we do target testing, we find five per cent of people infected with the coronavirus. During the past few days, there is a slight increase in cases. But, it is too early for us to say whether the situation is taking a turn for the worse ,” he said.

Asked whether a countrywide lockdown is in the offing, he said it was very unlikely. There are only localised lockdowns in effect at the moment.

Commenting on the planned vaccine rollout, he said the health authorities were getting ready for it, but could not give any timeline.(Kelum Bandara)

  Comments - 9

  • Selvakumar Saturday, 16 January 2021 07:55 AM

    Health ministry always said unwant

    Doer Saturday, 16 January 2021 08:34 AM

    Do not waste time talking, DO IT!!!

    Selvakumar Saturday, 16 January 2021 08:10 AM

    Health ministry still waiting get free vaccines??, if wait not great for the health ministry, many people's suffering from the coronavirus in sri Lanka !!!

    Sokrates Saturday, 16 January 2021 08:13 AM

    No timeline. what is that for a poor planning? Israel has vaccinated about 25% of the population.

    Selvakumar Saturday, 16 January 2021 08:34 AM

    their don't have poor planing, !!!

    Dee Saturday, 16 January 2021 01:43 PM

    There is NO community transmission! Allow our 'Sars' to control and fight the Virus. Allocate more funds for weapons.

    Adam Saturday, 16 January 2021 01:55 PM

    Sometimes I think these people just have press conferences like this so that they can have their photos on TV and paper. Not that they are going to do whatever they say.. it's like it's just for publicity and to be seen on tv.. wait.. I'm talking about politicians..

    Ronnie Bugger Saturday, 16 January 2021 02:01 PM

    Actually,this is what we need to hear and listen rather than some 'ahindas' borrowed stale statistics being dished out by the 'buruwas' in the GMO(TRADE UNION) who is presently chasing behind some fantasy.

    Sugath Saturday, 16 January 2021 10:10 PM

    Novel techniques such as Throwing pots into rivers and drinking Dhammika Peni!

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