ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s daily confirmed Coronavirus patients hit 1,923 in a new wave with 10 foreign returnees while daily deaths went up to 13 from 09 a day earlier.
Among the dead were a 44 year old female from Divulapitiya and a 42 year old from Mawilmada.
In the current wave, deaths are now reported in double digits.
Sri Lanka is still providing institutional treatment for all confirmed patients though reports are coming in of admission delays as authorities scramble to expand hospital beds and secondary treatment centres.
Before the new confirmations the number of confirmed patients under treatment climbed to 12,848 up from 11,933 on May 01.
Dicharged patients are beginning to pick up as the first patients admitted from the new wave start to recover. Discharges create space for admissions.
On May 01, 967 patients were discharged, up from 156 in April 25.
Sri Lanka has surgically locked down over 90 areas and blocks of streets to contain the outbreak.
Sri Lanka is actively tracing and isolating contacts with the help of public health inspectors spread throughout the country, using mostly home quarantining and also institutional quarantine in highly built up areas.
Doctors are urging the public to self-lockdown and stay at home especially during the next two weeks to break the spread of the disease.
Sri Lanka’s Chief Epidemiologist Sudath Samaraweera asked the public to avoid travel, use private transport as much as possible and keep windows of vehicles open.
Air0conditioned vehicles and buses where the same air circulated was a risk, he said. (Colombo/May03/2021)