Public Health Inspectors urged the Government to implement a lockdown, to prevent a complete breakdown of ground level health services in the country, in view of the continuing rise in COVID-19 cases.
“If people pay attention to the number of cases that have been recorded during the past two days (27, 28 April 2021) topping 1,000, they would realise that the numbers were higher than what has been revealed, Treasurer of the Public Health Inspectors’ Association of Sri Lanka (PHIUSL), Yasas Mudalige said.
This being a decisive period, the Government should take immediate measures to lockdown for the next two weeks, Mudalige said warning that if timely action was not taken Sri Lanka would soon fall into a similar situation as that of India. Deputy Director General (Public Health –I), Dr. S.M. Arnold said the number of patients with symptoms with the new mutant variant was higher than what the country had seen so far.
He urged the public not to leave their homes unnecessarily. The Ministry too would be compelled to advice the Government to lockdown the country if the public failed to adhere to instructions. Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said the total number recorded on Wednesday had been 1,466, with several cases of the coronavirus being detected from the repatriate cluster.
Sri Lanka currently has a total of 9,208 active cases being treated in the country.
Meanwhile, Grama Niladhari (GN) Divisions of Sumedaganpura in the Uppuweli Police Division, Mudov, Koviladi, Linganagar in the Trincomalee Police Division, Kawattikuda, and China Bay in the China Bay Police Division were isolated by 7 a.m. yesterday (29), Head of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) said.
Several GN Divisions in the Districts of Kurunegala (4), Kalutara (4), Gampaha (4), Trincomalee (7), Galle (2), Polonnaruwa (1), Matale (2) including the Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre and Moneragala (04) have been isolated by Wednesday (28), the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak said.
Giving a total of the number of COVID-19 infected cases from several clusters that have erupted to date, the Centre said the apparel factory and its extended cases amounted to 3,059, while all cases have been treated and discharged. The Peliyagoda Fish Market and extended cases amount to 96,629, total imported cases of COVID-19 amount to 3,773, while the previous local clusters comprised 1,962.