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No way for SL alone to evade new wave

State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana has said the trend across the world currently is the possible emergence of a new wave of coronavirus and there is no way for Sri Lanka alone to avoid its fourth wave.

He said that this is especially true for western countries which are expecting a “dangerous” wave of Covid-19 somewhere around December this year.

“We have to direct attention towards this and make preparations,” he said.

Prof. Jayasumana also said that over the past week, it has been observed that there is a trend of a gradual increase in Covid-19 cases reported in the country.

He said that when considering the Anuradhapura District alone, there has been a significant increase in Covid-19 cases in and around the Anuradhapura town over the past two weeks or so.

“We have directed special attention towards this,” he said, adding that the public has started to behave like the country did not have any Covid-19 cases.

He, therefore, urged the public to act with caution, especially during these days, while also emphasising the importance of properly wearing facemasks.

The Ministry of Health yesterday (7) said that 626 persons tested positive for Covid-19 during the day. It was the third consecutive day the daily count of new cases has exceeded 600.

The total number of coronavirus cases reported in the country thus far has risen to over 545,00 with 13,856 deaths.