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Sri Lanka on the verge of community transmission?

-Greater the cluster, sooner it leads to community transmission

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At a time where the existing cluster in the country has reached an unexpected degree, reporting over 10,500 cases, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said today, when a cluster expands, it can easily lead to community transmission.    

Addressing media, he said community transmission could also be experienced when a large number of cases were reported from a city with a large population like Colombo.

 “If positive cases are reported without the origin, then it can be identified as a community transmission. In other words, community transmission takes place when cases are reported with no connection to the existing cluster. As of now, Sri Lanka has not reached a level of community spread,” he underlined.

Moreover, he stressed though cases were reported from different parts of the country, it did not mean that it had gone to a community transmission.

“However, if the authorities fail to monitor the situation and people start to ignore health guidelines, the situation would definitely go out of control resulting in community transmission, he said.

Although the curfew has been lifted, Dr. Samaraweera urged people to abide by the health rules taking into consideration their own health and the wellbeing of the entire country. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 22

  • Sam Silva Monday, 09 November 2020 09:27 PM

    Why it's a question mark. We all know it's a community transmission.

    FF Monday, 09 November 2020 09:45 PM


    Ramesh Monday, 09 November 2020 10:19 PM

    This is the point, none of the doctors in Sri Lanka, America,or China can do anything about this Covid-19. Only vaccines from the Scientists can put a stop to this.

    Doc Tuesday, 10 November 2020 06:23 AM

    Wait..Later Gods will steal the credit from the scientists..

    Lankan Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:47 AM

    Australia is under control and Sri Lanka was under control long before. Complacency and fools have led Sri Lanka to its current plight despite the best efforts of the true professionals. Having a public gatherings with meetings for elections and neglecting quarantine have contributed.

    Critical Monday, 09 November 2020 10:51 PM

    This is now inevitable and we got to pay for the negligence at Brandix. Be prepared to accommodate more and people at quarantine isolation centres. Also govt. must consider seriously to house some people at most of the hotels that are idling today at a reasonable rate.

    Demuni Uduwara Monday, 09 November 2020 11:24 PM

    Mr. Samaraweera, it has already been reached.

    Ranjan Gurusighe Tuesday, 10 November 2020 12:18 AM

    I’m surprised to hear the Health Ministry yet to initiate a COVID tracer app. That’s more efficient way to trace positive cases. They also increase the number of tests to identify more positive cases. Many cases are asymptomatic

    Ram Tuesday, 10 November 2020 01:45 AM

    Dr Sudath, you are wasting words by speaking out. Government rely on the Army as it thinks that the Army can wipe out Corona as they wiped off the LTTE. Only snag is Fonseka is not in the present Army. So the Army will never wipe out Corona.

    Lucky Dharmadasa Tuesday, 10 November 2020 11:00 AM

    Your comment sounds stupid anyway.

    Joe Tuesday, 10 November 2020 02:35 AM

    All these permit holders are idiots.

    Roy Tuesday, 10 November 2020 04:01 AM

    Hello Critical, don't blame Brandix. Blame the government's failed policies and procedures. Brandix employees arrived from airport. There should have been a hotel quarantine system similar to Australia.

    Raju Tuesday, 10 November 2020 04:29 AM

    Ram - government got the help of foreign countries to wipe LTTE. Here too they must get the help of foreign countries to wipe out Covid 19

    Dee Tuesday, 10 November 2020 06:37 AM

    No it has not! Unless 'Sar' says, we won't accept.

    brainmaster Tuesday, 10 November 2020 07:56 AM

    It's clearly to be noticed that Dr Samaraweera is not allowed to tell the exact truth. He knows since long that we have community spread. The government is hiding this fact, because they insisted to hold the election at a dangerous time.

    Lord Wolfstein Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:36 AM

    Unquestionable Sri Lanka is now on level 4 and the actions for this level must be introduced.

    Sambo Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:38 AM

    Has the time come where one cannot credit the fish market and Brandix for all the virus's in the country and have to admit community spread.

    SODHA Tuesday, 10 November 2020 08:39 AM

    Yes, it possibility will never be a Community Transmission in SL, as long as you, Army Commander

    K.L Pathirana Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:08 AM

    Ram, you are mixing up the ingredients. This is not a war its a medical pandemic, only remedy is a Geo specific vaccine. Whether its the present army com'd or SF won't make any difference. The C19 will take its course and those who has committed atrocity towards animals/wilderness not exclude of looting public funds and has committed grave crimes against the public, would be severely infected. It may not happen today but it will happen during the pandemic and its a guarantee that is given by the nature. When the daily death rate exceeds 150 at some point in future, just remember the bad things you have done to all living beings BECAUSE THEN YOUR TIME IS UP to take a one way trip to hell !!

    Ronnie Bugger Tuesday, 10 November 2020 10:43 AM

    What this eminent professional just said will be copied by jokers in the GMOTU (government medical officers trade union) because that's what they continue to do.

    Fuller Tuesday, 10 November 2020 12:20 PM

    Its obvious now that its in the community, you are working on behalf of the sri lankan government to hide or change facts

    kumara perera Tuesday, 10 November 2020 05:25 PM

    Yes It's true government try to hide their mistake using Army commander (Mr shavendra Silva)

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