‘Untraceable source’ infections rising

BY Buddhika Samaraweera

The Health Ministry has stated that the number of cases of Covid-19 infections, of which the source is difficult to identify, has increased over the past few days, amidst a rising daily infection rate of 700 cases.

Speaking at a media briefing held yesterday (22), Health Ministry Communications Director, Public Health Services Deputy Director General (DDG), and Disaster Preparedness and Response Division Head Dr. Hemantha Herath said: “Currently, the number of Covid-19 infections of which we find it difficult to identify the source has increased as a percentage. However, we don’t see it as serious enough to change the existing disease control mechanisms.”

He also said that the number of Covid-19 cases reported daily has risen to about 700 at present and that it is a serious condition. Therefore, he said that it is very important for the people to abide by the health guidelines for the further control of the disease.

According to the Sri Lanka Epidemiology Unit, as of 8.30 p.m. on yesterday (22), has recorded 14,158 Covid-19 deaths while the total number of infections stood at 557,361, of which a total of 527,110 patients have recovered.

Dr. Herath recently told the media that even though the people are adhering to health guidelines, it is not possible to control the spread of Covid-19 if there are large gatherings. Further claiming that the adverse results of such activities cannot be seen instantly, he said that it would take a few weeks to see the results. He also said that Covid-19 infections were being reported in some areas that had not been anticipated by the health sector. Pointing out that the travel restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation were lifted to carry out essential social and economic activities, he said however that with the removal of these restrictions, there could be a serious situation if the people act in a way that the disease will spread again. “There should be no deviation from the health guidelines in any way,” he noted.