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The COVID-19 cases which remained at a moderate level in the recent past have started to slightly soar again bringing daily COVID cases close to the 2,000 mark.

The number of daily positive cases were ranging around 1,300 in the last few weeks. However, it has now reached close to 2,000. The number of COVID cases reported yesterday (28) stood at 1,940. It is after a month that the number of active cases surpassed the 1,900 mark.

Commenting on the rise in COIVD cases, Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said this situation had to be taken seriously.
 
“The COVID cases were plateauing at one point; however the cases are now gradually increasing. It is important that we all should act responsibly without letting the number of cases increase further,” he underlined.
 
He also said the Delta variant cases could also be attributed to the rise in cases.

“Now, it is no use of crying over spilt milk. What should be done is to strictly follow health guidelines and practices,” he stressed.

Thus, he urged people to toe the line if we are to break free from COVID; otherwise, everyone will have to pay the price.
 
“We have also observed with disappointment that hand washing and sanitizing facilities at public places, workplaces are not in operation in a proper manner,” Dr. Herath pointed out.

“Although we initially saw companies and supermarkets were maintaining these facilities, now they have taken it for granted. Facilities like cleaning hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub should be maintained until further notice,” he added.
 
Meanwhile, the Deputy DG warned of COVID clusters due to the ongoing protests being held violating health guidelines. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Security guard Thursday, 29 July 2021 09:26 PM

    There is no milk to be spilt! Do not talk rubbish. Where are our "Guardians"!!

    upali Thursday, 29 July 2021 09:43 PM

    Repercussion of allowing certain unwanted things such as wedding, pubs,spas,wine stores.cinamas,indoor musical shows etc Govt not having proper missionm

    Nadi Karunaratne Thursday, 29 July 2021 10:24 PM

    How many tests? As journalists ask the authorities. If they won't say then tell us that. Is it perhaps like the old Soviet Union, 'we have nothing to hide and we must hide it'.

    D.D Silva Thursday, 29 July 2021 11:49 PM

    V good. Blame the people. We know v well the covid deaths and new cases are daily produced by the state. It does not represent the true picture. The more the state tries to show it is in control the more people will ease things on their own. Beloved Sri Lankan people deserve a bit more respect than this from the state. They have suffured a lot though all these trials. The least state can do it be honest. Billions are spent on covid. Being truthful to people costs nothing. Its what will really control covid. With Love

    Ranaweera Friday, 30 July 2021 12:17 AM

    No wonder, so many useless protests with expensive posters super spreading events.

    Peries Friday, 30 July 2021 12:39 AM

    The COVID-19 situation could have been nipped in the bud if people had properly adhered to the health guidelines

    Gerad Q Friday, 30 July 2021 12:41 AM

    Not something new...There have been fluctuations..

    Navaz Friday, 30 July 2021 12:47 AM

    Did Sir see this? Blaming only the people not fair

    Chris Friday, 30 July 2021 07:13 AM

    Lockdowns are planned every 3 /4 months. During which time government can suppress people and flatten buildings basically have the whole country to themselves. There is a volatile situation of a land grab in the North. Expect a lockdown soon.

    Ranaweera Friday, 30 July 2021 07:22 AM

    The experts commenting here should be given covid control posts in Europe and Americas.

    Terrence Friday, 30 July 2021 08:51 AM

    Lead by example which applies to the officials of the government, Different Unions and the citizens to ensure a safe Sri Lanka

    No logic Friday, 30 July 2021 09:02 AM

    The media says not to gather even as small groups, but more than 100 attendees gather in weddings (in AC halls). No logic.

    Mahesh Friday, 30 July 2021 09:09 AM

    Main reason is allowing weddings. People travel between provinces probably carrying the virus nicely to other provinces.Also allowing weddings with massive numbers is the other main cause. Should have limited weddings to maximum of 25 if they really want to keep weddings. Nalin should take responsibility too for that matter.

    Sam Friday, 30 July 2021 10:28 AM

    100 drunken idiots on 10'x10' dance floor is the reason for increase. Stop weddings etc, stop alcohol sale and consumption

    Ranjith Friday, 30 July 2021 11:18 AM

    The general public should know how many PCR test done on daily basis and PCR centers dont blame the people how come the government is promoting tourism and inviting foreigners there is no proper handling of corona virus in srilanka srilanka is in CRISIS SITUATION

    Fatima Lai Friday, 30 July 2021 11:43 AM

    I guess it's going to be fate anywhere in the world, ups and downs. As long as vaccinated, there is nothing much to worry about, I read. Now the country is facing a major issue, not because of COVID but the lockdowns we had.


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