ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Coronavirus deaths hit a new high of 19, surpassing a previous high of 14, in a new Covid-19 wave that is sweeping the country, data from the state information office showed.
Daily confirmed Coronavirus cases were 1,914 including 25 foreign returnees.
In the 24 hours ending 1000hours on May 07, 878 patients were charged from hospitals and treatment centres.
Patients in treatment centres and hospitals rose to 16,916 as authorities scrambled to set up treatment centres and add extra Covid-19 dedicated hospital beds.
Sri Lanka state minister for Covid prevention Sudarshini Fernando said a broader lockdown of the country will be done if required.
Asymptomatic patients are generally released in under two weeks.
New cases have remained stable around 1,900 cases for the past few days amid active contact tracing by Public Health Inspectors.
It is no yet clear whether contact tracing has stabilized the numbers. With less than 1,000 cases being released so far, about a 1,000 new beds are needed each day.
PHIs have called for faster release of test results. On May 07, 22,889 tests wer down, down from 27,889 a day earlier.
Due to test delays in some areas, second level contacts are roaming freely, they have warned.
Nearly 100 areas remain under lockdown as part of the tracing and isolation process. (Colombo/May08/2021)