Sri Lanka Covid 19 death rate comparable to global average – Samaraweera

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s fatality rate from the Covid 19 pandemic is equal to the global rate which is around 9 deaths per million people, the country’s Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said.

He told reporters today January 1 that at the beginning of the pandemic Sri Lanka had a very low death rate as the situation had been managed very well.

“Our infection rate and the death rate was very low,” he said. “However with the second wave these figures have risen somewhat.”

Sri Lanka’s death rate per million population has risen sharply from below two to 9.53 since mid-November as the Minuwangoda-Peliyagoda cluster developed, figures maintained by the John Hopkins University in the United States showed.

However, these figures compare favourably to numbers in neighbouring India and Pakistan. In the former, the numbers per million are over a hundred while in Pakistan they are around the 40 mark. (Colombo, January 1, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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