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Health authorities issued a coronavirus red alert last night as an increase in patients being admitted to hospitals was observed.

The Health Promotion Bureau of the Ministry of Health said that there has been an increase in the number of coronavirus patients detected in Sri Lanka over the past few days.

The bureau also said that there has been a rapid increase in the number of patients being admitted to hospital Intensive Care Units (ICU).

In a warning to the public, the bureau said that everyone must act with responsibility in order to avoid travel restrictions and other strict measures from being enforced like in the past.

The warning comes as parties and events are being promoted on social media, especially down South, despite the threat of the virus spreading in the country once again.

A number of beach parties and other events have been organised over the next few days even after the health authorities warned that failure to take precautions will lead to a serious situation.

Health authorities said that the failure to strictly follow the coronavirus health guidelines during the New Year has led to the current situation.

The Health Promotion Bureau said that new variants of the virus had been detected in Sri Lanka in the recent past and scientific data in this regard is currently being studied.

The public have been urged to ensure they wear face masks, maintain social distancing and wash their hands.

The Health Promotion Bureau also said that anyone suffering from a cold or cough must avoid public places while unnecessary travel should also be avoided. (Easwaran Rutnam)

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  • karu Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:50 AM

    Contrasting statements. A female MP wants to have more of night parties and fun to boost the economy. Whom to follow.

    vince Wednesday, 21 April 2021 11:06 AM

    Follow your head. Intelligence is the key. Never ever follow politicians.

    Coo-Vid Wednesday, 21 April 2021 08:52 AM

    First of all, you people, task forces and govt. should do what is necessary.

    Sokrates Wednesday, 21 April 2021 09:07 AM

    To blame is the Great Dictator and his useless generals who failed to take stern actions in the fight against the virus. A life is of no value for these criminals.

    Asanka Wednesday, 21 April 2021 10:11 AM

    Absolutely true. For example no other country gives priority to young healthy army and police personel and MP's

    Sangaralingham Wednesday, 21 April 2021 09:36 AM

    The virus by its inherent ability to change mutate has strong hold in the earth various countries. Number of infections seems to be moving up but the potential of vaccinating everyone who is here are not there with limited resources slow productin by various manufacturing plants across the globe

    warren Wednesday, 21 April 2021 03:27 PM

    But Sri Lanka, led by our able "Sar" is still the number two in the world in containing COVID-19...


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