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Steady rise in COVID cases in Colombo after New Year: Dr Wijeyamuni

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Before the New Year, the CMC found only 1 or 2 COVID positive patients through 100 PCR tests. But after the New year, the rate has increased to eight persons in 100 PCR tests, Chief Medical Officer Colombo Municipal Council (CMC) Dr. Ruwan Wijeyamuni said 

Addressing the media he said random PCR tests conducted last Thursday (15) resulted in 10 COVID-19 patients. PCR tests conducted last Friday (16) found with 15 patients and 18 patients were found out of 225 individuals, Dr. Wijeyamuni said.

"Though the current situation seems not that dangerous, however, the number of COVID patients stood at 2% has now increased to 8%," he said.

The recent careless behaviour of the people during the Sinhala/Hindu New Year had led to the escalation. 

Meanwhile, 17 out of the 18 patients found yesterday from Colombo believes to have come to the city from the suburbs or from elsewhere, Dr. Wijeyamuni said. 

Therefore, the CMC has decided to increase the frequency of PCR tests in Colombo, he said.

While denying media reports circulated especially on social media about the spreading of a new mutant virus variant of COVID in Colombo, Dr. Wijeyamuni said there was no such virus variant that had entered the city of Colombo.

He said the 'double mutant' Covid variant which was found in India hasn't been detected in the Colombo city as yet. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

 

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  • Mm Tuesday, 20 April 2021 06:02 PM

    You mean you started testing again ??? Your testing only reduced, covid never reduced to rise again you reduced testing and now due to the delay in vaccination teasing has resumed!

    Gamunu Tuesday, 20 April 2021 08:33 PM

    They are now waiting for covid variant to enter Sri Lanka.

    Philip de silva Wednesday, 21 April 2021 06:35 AM

    Our gon harak will never changed, I see now people not care much for mask no social distancing forgotten everything after cases reduce bit must cancel all inter travel unless it’s urgent matter, business or death

    Danaplla Wednesday, 21 April 2021 07:27 AM

    It is government's responsibility to control the recent behavior of people. You can not blame them. You too be have like government.

    Labby Thursday, 22 April 2021 11:23 AM

    So where's that joker who kept saying the virus is mainly caused by Sri Lankans returning from abroad?


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