Economynext – If COVID-19 continues to spread in Sri Lanka, people with reduced immunity may experience severe disease resulting in an increase in deaths, a health official warned.
Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath told reporters on Thursday (11) that the caseload in several districts has increased.
“This is due to activity over the past few weeks [since the lifting of the lockdown],” he said.
Herath said, though vaccination may prevent death, if a person with a weakened immunity contracts the virus, even if they’re fully vaccinated, severe symptoms may still appear and also lead to death.
Colombo National Hospital pulmonologist Dr Asha Samannayaka said at a previous media briefing that 6.02 percent of COVID-19 deaths were of those who had taken both doses of the vaccine.
“Vaccination doesn’t protect everyone,” Samannayaka said.
“Out of 11,699 deaths studied in mid September, 714 were people who had been fully vaccinated.
“They had other chronic diseases, pressure, old age, uncontrolled diabetes, kidney problems and other health issues that weakened their immunity.”
Health officials identified 693 patients on Wednesday (10) bringing the total COVID-19 cases in Sri Lanka to 547,346.
With 16 deaths being recorded on Wednesday (10), the COVID-19 death toll has increased to 13,908.
The first dose of a vaccine has been administered to 15.8 million so far while 13.6 million have been jabbed with both the first and second doses.
So far 89,097 have received a Pfizer-BioNTech booster dose. (Colombo/Nov11/2021)