Covid-19: ‘Be on alert for symptoms’

A significant number of Covid-19 deaths reported from the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda Covid-19 clusters have occurred at home, said Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera.

He pointed out that the elderly and individuals with chronic diseases in high-risk areas should be more alert about new illnesses.

“Elderly people in high-risk areas and people with chronic illnesses need to seek medical attention immediately if they develop any new symptoms. It can be a fever, cough, cold, sore throat, or difficulty in breathing.

“It could also be symptoms such as weakness, loss of appetite, or inability to taste or smell. If such a condition persists, seek medical attention immediately. Alternatively, you can call 1999 for advice.

“Do not wait until such a condition worsens. Since the identification of the Covid-19 clusters in Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda on 4 October, a significant number of the 81 Covid-19-related deaths have occurred at home.”