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Health Ministry contradicts SLMA claims, says SL on end of third wave

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Responding to claims made by Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) that the country is on the verge of facing a fourth wave, the Health Ministry today said there was no sign as of now to say that the country is heading to a fourth wave.

The SLMA yesterday (20) said that country is heading towards the first phase of the COVID-19 fourth wave outbreak and added despite the travel restrictions, there was no significant decline in the number of COVID positive cases.

Replying to these remarks, Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr Ranjith Batuwanthudawa said the country is currently at the final phase of the third wave.

“There may be different perspectives based on which one would look at the current situation and interpret it. However, everyone has to follow the data and statistics in the Epidemiology Unit,” he underlined.

The Director said according to the epidemic curve, there is a downward trend in COVID-19 infections at the moment and added hence, they couldn’t come to the conclusion that there is a imminent threat of a fourth wave.

“However, everything depends of how people behave especially in a situation where restrictions have almost been eased,” he added. ( Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Joshua Wednesday, 21 July 2021 03:59 PM

    Health Ministry lies and deception well known. G

    Mm Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:06 PM

    Who’s telling the truth and who’s fear mongering! we are all prisoners in our own province thanks to all sorts of stories. Small business and hotels are totally crushed.

    ravin Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:19 PM

    Everyone, Please apply " live and let live " strategies rather than "only I live " strategy. It makes everyone's life easy.

    Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:35 PM

    What the doctors practice is “ART” and “NOT SCIENCE “. So different opinions of the same issue. But the doctor title gives them the cover to falsely convince the public to believe them as experts.

    RoaringCreek Wednesday, 21 July 2021 04:52 PM

    I have no faith in the SLMA and the health ministry. Recently that joker minister claimed that the major COVID-19 vaccine being used in Sri Lanka has a efficacy rate of 95% against the Delta strain. No other medical authority made such a claim. A joker from a University confirmed this. Sri Lanka people need to be careful.

    ruwan Wednesday, 21 July 2021 05:00 PM

    ok. but when we get there in few months, remind that we are in fourth wave.

    GR Wave Wednesday, 21 July 2021 05:58 PM

    You can always put the blame on the people after leading them on the wrong path!!

    Voodoo Scientist Wednesday, 21 July 2021 06:21 PM

    Final phase of the third wave? Beginning of the fourth wave? Big difference? Does COVID-19 announce the date of departure of one and arrival of the other?

    Shan Wednesday, 21 July 2021 06:39 PM

    We belive in you Pavithra and the "paniya".

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Wednesday, 21 July 2021 07:16 PM

    The truth is that all these clowns are groping in the dark. No one really knows what is happening but they keep imposing restrictions on the people. For example, what is the purpose of banning inter-province travel when the virus is spreading in all provinces?

    larry Wednesday, 21 July 2021 10:41 PM

    padma sriyani gunaratne you badly need a mask fitting.


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