"Every citizen has the right to be protected from harm and the right to live."
Hospitalisations have also increased, along with the number of patients needing oxygen.
"If the public refuses to take the booster dose now, it will expire by July 2022."
Health experts had speculated Omicron to become the dominant variant due to its high transmissible nature
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Around 15,279 patients are currently receiving treatment in hospital or at home.
Sri Lanka detected 829 new infections on Wednesday (19), a notable increase in daily cases.
Denmark recently became the first European country to offer a fourth dose, following Israel and Chile.
Health officials continue to urge the public to get the booster dose of the vaccine.
The new cases were found mainly in Colombo, Galle, Matara, Kandy, Trincomalee and Gamapha districts, he said.
An uptrend is being seen in infections doctors say
"Sometimes these children can get multi system inflammatory syndrome (MIS) due to COVID infection."
Gunasena claimed the country's vaccine rollout is among the global top 10.
Around 4.2 million have been given the Pfizer jab as a booster dose so far.
"People were informed and were motivated to get the elderly population jabbed when vaccine was first available."
"I hope the public seizes this opportunity and aids us in our fight against the pandemic," the minister tweeted.
"We urge the public not to postpone vaccination. Get your jab at the right time," he said.
He was admitted to the Colombo National Hospital on December 01
Close contact of Seneratne have also been directed to home quarantine.
"There is no use going behind a number now since it is already in the country."
"As far as the pandemic is concerned, at that time we had some relief and some kind of redress for that,"
“We have looked at alternatives to make it easier,” he said.
Pfizer rolled out as third dose
So far Sri Lanka detected 45 Omicron infections in the country.
“This is a very unfortunate situation,” he said.
The government claims that it has vaccinated over 70% of its over 18 year population so far.