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Public health inspectors are expecting the coronavirus third wave to hit Sri Lanka in May after the general public grossly disregarded the health guidelines ahead of the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. 

The Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Association said that despite several warnings, most people were seen going about their day-to-day lives in public without strictly following the coronavirus health guidelines. 

PHI Association Secretary Mahendra Balasuriya told Daily Mirror that the Mrs. Sri Lanka drama, the environment issue and the contaminated oil issue overshadowed the more serious issue linked to the coronavirus which was developing in the background. 

He said that this resulted in the public also assuming that things were back to normal and the fear for the coronavirus dying a natural death. 

“It will be difficult to instill that fear in the public once again,” he said. 

Balasuriya noted that the public have been going about their normal activities ahead of the New Year, be it while shopping or in public transport and at public events, without even following the basic coronavirus health guidelines. 

“This is very unfortunate. They will understand how serious this is only when the third wave hits us. We have been warning about this. Now it is too late. We will need to suffer the consequences and deal with it,” he said. 

Balasuriya said that the authorities must now prepare hospitals and other facilities to deal with the expected rapid rise in coronavirus infected people and emergence of new clusters from May.  

He said that if PCR tests are carried out effectively the results will show a rise in infections from May. 

Balasuriya said that the public and the health authorities will need to take the responsibility for what to expect after the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. 

The PHI Association also noted that people assume that since they are vaccinated, they are 100 percent safe. 

He said that situations in other countries show that despite most people being vaccinated there have been third and fourth waves resulting in fresh lockdowns being enforced. (By Easwaran Rutnam)

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  • Andrew Silva Monday, 12 April 2021 06:45 AM

    The third wave will come after the Sinhala and Tamil new year just like predicted by the health authorities so dear citizens go,ahead and enjoy the festive season what may come. At least you had a good time.

    Singhe Monday, 12 April 2021 06:50 AM

    When will Sri Lankans learn a lesson?

    ANTON Monday, 12 April 2021 07:19 AM

    BY THE WAY ............ WHAT IS CORONA ?

    Dee Monday, 12 April 2021 08:02 AM

    The majority is looking forward in welcoming it in style with fireworks!

    Fernando Monday, 12 April 2021 08:06 AM

    Covid does not exist for these people. Wearing a mask as a regulation is the only thing they do here. Apart from that no one is bothered about following health regulations.

    Jude Monday, 12 April 2021 08:07 AM

    3rd wave and 4th wave all crap!! Look at Aussies and NZ people !! They'd long and effective lockdowns and now everything under total control !! Kiwis can visit Australia without being quarantined !!(NOT all states in Aussie)

    Warner Monday, 12 April 2021 08:13 AM

    It is better to take this warning seriously.

    BE FAIR Monday, 12 April 2021 09:04 AM

    This is a Land Like no other So is the Corona Virus


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