ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has reported 1,891 Coronavirus cases on May 02, a new daily high as Covid-19 controls were tightened, lockdowns were expanded and doctors warned of health sector being overwhelmed unless movements were restricted.
Patients under medical care rose to 13,824 from 11,933 after the new confirmations as 764 were discharged.
“Everyday more people are being admitted to hospital,” the head of Sri Lanka Medical Association Padma Gunesekera said.
“If this continues, no health system will be able to cope and it can become like India. So it is important that we all act as a country to stop the spread of the disease.”
The Health Ministry has asked district authorities to prepare a ward dedicated for Covid-19 at every district hospital reports said.
Director General of Health Services Asela Gunewardene was quotes as saying in the media that more patients were now being directly admitted to hospital instead of going to intermediate treatment centres.
Meanwhile 132 confirmed persons were in home quarantine in Gampaha district due to lack of space in hospital after over 390 persons were confirmed in a single day in Katana and Divulapitiya areas, a report said.
Doctors have urged the public to stay at home for at least two weeks to restrict the virus in its next two incubation periods.
Lanka’s anti-Covid-19 task force General Shavendra Silva had said the military could add another 5,000 beds an if necessary deploy quarantine centres with 10,000 beds as treatment centres.
Meanwhile Sisira Jayakody, State Minister of Indigenous Medicine said the State Ministry of Covid-19 control had given the go ahead for Aryurveda Hospitals to treat Covid patients.
Ayurveda Hospitals in Borella Navinna and Pallekele will be used for treatment, he said.
Alert Level 03
Sri Lanka has also banned wedding, meetings, closed cinemas, pubs, ordered private firms to operate at 50 percent capacity and get workers to work from people where feasible placing the country on Alert Level 03.
The head of Sri Lanka’s anti-Covid-19 task force General Shavendra Silva said some people were holding parties at home. He said parties at home were also not allowed and people should stop entertaining guests at home.
Sri Lanka has surgically locked down police areas and grama seva divisions in almost all districts.
There have been calls by Public Health Inspectors to stop inter district movements.
The head of Sri Lanka’s PHI union Upul Rohana said care should be taken to stop illegal migrants from India and appealed to fishermen to support the Navy and Police in stopping illegal migrants.
Concerns have also been raised over quarantine facilities offered for Indians who are transitting Sri Lanka. (Colombo/May02/2021)