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Spike in COVID patients goes high and beyond control, says SLMC

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The trend of identifying COVID patients in the country seemed to be going out of hand at present, Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) President Dr. Padma Gunaratne said.

Addressing a media briefing, she said the authorities should take this seriously and take pertinent action without further delay in order to nip this at the bud.  

“When 1,800 plus COVID patients are detected daily, there are three to four times that number undetected in the community,” she underlined.

“As the number of COVID patients increases, the bed and ICU capacity in hospitals gradually reduce. The hospitals have almost reached their full capacity and consequently, some COVID patients have to remain at their homes due to the delays in taking them to hospitals.
Therefore, Dr. Gunaratne said health authorities should provide people with sensible knowledge as to how they should quarantine themselves at home.

Moreover, she also pointed out that when a family member gets contracted with the virus, the possibility of other family members getting infected is dramatically higher than the last time.

“This is due to the high transmissibility of the new variant spreading in the country unlike the previous one,” she said.

Dr. Gunaratne also raised the importance to impose travel restriction as the number of patients is increasing alarmingly. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  Comments - 18

  • RoaringCreek Tuesday, 04 May 2021 05:25 PM

    No worry we are buying Helios, the need of the hour.

    Joshua Tuesday, 04 May 2021 06:34 PM

    Agree. Government is waiting till this goes out of hand.

    Mewan Alwis Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:39 PM

    Thats why the government telling people to stay at home. didn't you hear.

    Tia Maria Tuesday, 04 May 2021 06:40 PM

    Madam , please force the government to give us vaccination approved by the WHO. May God bless you .

    Jiff Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:10 PM

    Can you buy them? India kept delaying the vaccines we ordered and now not in a position to supply. Only solution if the sinopharm.

    Moorthy Badulla Tuesday, 04 May 2021 06:48 PM

    The people in some part of the country,which is seemed to be still safe-like Badulla,are freely moving around with buses are running with passengers packed like sardines and so on and makes us think that we live on some other planet. Please pay attention.

    Appi Tuesday, 04 May 2021 06:54 PM

    What do you expect from such an undisciplined society and their leaders. Obviously, nothing was done to contain the pandemic .

    Roisin Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:22 PM

    Finally the experts are giving the floor. The government must have realised now what a mess they have made and look at India as a warning. So give the army commander another toy medal and let him play with his toy soldiers at home.

    ravin Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:27 PM

    Thief's know how to steal. Epidemiologist know how to control spread of pandemics . It's a need of this hour to understand the difference.

    ravin Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:27 PM

    Thief's know how to steal. Epidemiologist know how to control spread of pandemics . It's a need of this hour to understand the difference.

    Pathim Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:30 PM

    Look @ the recoveries befre speaking

    J.White Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:43 PM

    No beds in ICU but the idiot is buying helicopters instead. The fool is deaf, dumb and blind.

    Jeff Tuesday, 04 May 2021 07:57 PM

    Only solution is the vaccination. Untill that come to place need precaution its not rocket science don't depend on anyone just follow CDC Guide line government must get rid of unwanted public loitering. The good decent people we dont need to worry. Government must take full responsibility to control with the help of forces....take all the unwnted to do farming agriculture plantation work reduce unwanted pulic from specially colombo...sri lanka have opportunity to improve are economy and resurrect this pulic .few army trucks for pickups wil be very handy full clean up its win win for everybody....

    Appi Tuesday, 04 May 2021 08:06 PM

    Mass vaccines, mask mandates, social distancing and stop gatherings/partying, if the country wants to control this Pandemic.

    Senior Citizen Tuesday, 04 May 2021 08:17 PM

    Only around 9 lakhs of out of those who need to be vaccinated have been given the first dose.Now the talk everywhere is about giving the second dose. All the Medical Specialists and others in charge of the Vaccination programme seem to be unaware that the majority of the population who need to be vaccinated are even without the first dose. Does not the Govt .feel that their project is a complete mess ?

    Mike Revere Wednesday, 05 May 2021 04:50 AM

    Get Covax as many have already got first dose. As Sputnik availability is more assured, get large amounts of it for first timers in rest of country and hurry up. Don't crazily mix. Sinu not approved.

    Niraj Wednesday, 05 May 2021 05:57 AM

    The government failed to source the vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna or Astra from reliable suppliers. sinopharm has efficacy of 52% as good as the Dhammika paniya,.

    Shane Wednesday, 05 May 2021 06:00 AM

    Don’t forget we have now gone to daily double digits in Corona deaths for the first time!

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