ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has confirmed 2,269 Coronavirus patients and deaths reported climbed to a new high of 29 on May 14 with as tighter controls and nightly curfews were imposed to curb the spread of a new wave that surged after a traditional New Year holiday in April.
The 29 deaths came from Avissawella, Nuwara Eliya, Horana, Trincomalee, Nelumdeniya, Nawathuduwa, Ambalangoda, Rathgama, Nagoda, Moratuwa, Wakwella, Katugastota, Hikkaduwa, Ginthota, Colombo 05, Weligampala, Galenbinduwewa, Polgasowita, Ja Ela, Boralesgamuwa, Kandana, Peradeniya, Point Pedro, Boralanda, Wattala and Kelaniya.
There were two deaths each in Mathugama and Panadura.
Total deaths rose to 921 by May 14.
Ongoing confirmed patients came from contacts made around two weeks ago and deaths from earlier contacts, Sri Lanka Medical Association, a grouping of doctors had warned when they called on the government to tighten movement controls last week saying locking small areas such as grama seva divisions was not enough.
They warned of a rise in deaths even after a broader lockdown comes into effect.
“There is a lag-time of 2 weeks from the time of infection to develop symptoms and another two weeks for the need for ICU care and even death,” the SLMA said.
“As such the death rate seen today is the result of infection contracted one month ago. Based on that perception, it is likely that there will be more and more cases and deaths over the next 3 -4 weeks.
“Unless action is instituted today, there will be an exponential rise of cases followed by a surge, at which time interventions of any sort are unlikely to have any significant impact on the outbreak.”
Sri Lanka has been expanding Covid-19 care facilities but that capacity expansion was finite, SLMA had warned.
Discharges picked up to 1,306 from 1,145 a day earlier, requiring hospital space for 983 new patients.
By the end of the day 27,054 patients were under medical care according to health ministry data.
Sri Lanka is seeing a highly potent and contagious UK, SARS-Cov-2 variant.
It is not clear how it entered the country but Sri Lanka earlier this year relaxed quarantine for vaccinated individuals, who were allowed home quarantine. At least one returnee who was in home quarantine had died according to official daa.
Vaccinated individuals can contract the disease but may be asymptomatic and will give the disease to others. (Colombo/May15/2021)