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People urged to be cautious as SL faces ‘twin burden’ of dengue & COVID-19

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The Health authorities have urged the general public to be cautious and alert ahead of the festive season as Sri Lanka is entangled in a twin burden of dengue and COVID-19.  

Chief Medical Officer of CMC Dr. Ruwan Wijayamuni told a news held at the Health Promotion Bureau that there was a sharp spike in dengue cases this year compared to last year.  

"2020 was the year when the least number of dengue cases were reported during the last decade. The number of cases reported in this year especially in November, is alarming," he underlined.  

He said the dengue cases are expected to further swell until January next year.  

"Though there is a dip in COVID cases at present in Colombo and other parts of the island, there is always possibility of cases surging ahead of the festive season. If both epidemics strike simultaneously, the situation would definitely be dreadful,"

Thus, people should make sure that they follow health rules and take precautionary measure to mitigate the epidemic.

Meanwhile, Dr Wijayamuni said it is only around 10 COVID-19 patients being detected in the Colombo municipality per day while the number of deaths also remains at a satisfactory level.

At present, around 740 COVID cases are reported daily with 20 deaths while nearly 1,500 dengue cases have been so far reported in December alone.

A total of 4,561 dengue cases which is the highest in 18 months were reported in the month of November. (Sheain Fernandopulle) 

 


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  • Karu Monday, 13 December 2021 06:31 PM

    They just the two among numerous other burdens

    Gb Monday, 13 December 2021 09:57 PM

    Hunger and depression will kill more people, what's gov doing about that, poor folk have such had times these days, this country has too much inequality, and the rich want to keep it that way

    GHT Monday, 13 December 2021 10:08 PM

    Fabricated report. These are Man-Made diseases

    N SENA Monday, 13 December 2021 10:41 PM

    WILL THE GOVT TAKE SOME ACTION TO SOLVE THE EXPLOSIVE GAS DISTRIBUTION

    Gee Monday, 13 December 2021 11:32 PM

    Dengue is quite a serious disease however studies show omicron is mild cold

    Clean thoughts Tuesday, 14 December 2021 12:33 AM

    First of all, get rid of illegal roadside shopping stalls. They are the number one reason for the spreading of dengue. Unauthorized vendors never clean the area when they leave at night. Unauthorised Street vendors have made this country a devil's playground. It is an eyesore indeed.

    Stingray Tuesday, 14 December 2021 06:52 AM

    What about the third burden consisting of those 'bastard' offspring of the prevailing Govt? Are they not the heaviest burden on the country that the people have ever witnessed?


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