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While the country moves back to normalcy with schools, universities and companies re-opening, COVID -19 cases are simultaneously increasing, making the next few weeks extremely crucial and challenging in controlling and preventing the virus, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera warned today.

He told the media that people would have to act with a sense of responsibility in the coming weeks if they were to prevent a devastating situation.  

“A huge responsibility lies on people as to how they should abide by the health guidelines when they venture outside,"

"Anyway, we will have to face the music for the irresponsible behavior of people during the festive season taking the health rules for granted. Consequently, several clusters of COVID-19 cases are being reported from different parts of the country,” he stressed.

“However, we are not too late to prevent huge clusters from emerging in the country. What people have to do is to restrict unnecessary movement and strictly follow the health guidelines. If we failed to do so, it would again badly affect our economy, education of students and our day-to-day activities,” he added.

He also requested people to immediately seek medical treatment whenever COVID symptoms emerged and to refrain from mingling with society.

Meanwhile, he said the second dose of the COVISHILD vaccine would be given to the recipients of the first dose from the first week of May. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • RoaringCreek Wednesday, 21 April 2021 02:09 PM

    He blows again. Why was there no travel restrictions during the New Year vacations.

    S. Perumal Wednesday, 21 April 2021 02:40 PM

    11 Covid-19 patients die as oxygen tanker leaks: Times of India

    Critical Wednesday, 21 April 2021 02:56 PM

    Precautionery measures are the only remedy or cure we have but you allow things to happen and then try to curb the spread is not simple. People got to make their living and they take the risk but govt must closely watch the vulnerable people getting crowded and force them to follow the guidelines provided by you all.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 21 April 2021 05:30 PM

    You should have address your concerns who are governing the country.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:07 PM

    Rather, it should be controlled. Punish violations harshly and test more, vaccination.

    Kachal some Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:31 PM

    Bringing down Indian tourists is a safety precaution I guess...

    T P J Gunawardena Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:32 PM

    This man is a fraud. According to him Srilanka will never get community transmission but clusters. A huge embarrassment to the medical community. Should be reported to the medical council. TPJ

    Moulana Wednesday, 21 April 2021 09:57 PM

    Covid 19 have become a business now

    nimal mendis Wednesday, 21 April 2021 10:43 PM

    Tell this to Our kings Sons Hill club event was a spreader

    G abe Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:12 PM

    With many high risk variants popping up in different countries, why are we still allowing tourists in when most countries have closed borders, by admission of namal rajapakse grass root people wont benefit but only big multinational hotels from tourists, are we so desperate for foreign currency that we need to sell the lives of the poor to let the rich get more rich? Surely these hotels can take a hit to prevent spread


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