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Friday September 30th, 2022

Sri Lanka yet to make face masks mandatory despite spike in Covid-19 deaths, cases

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Director of Health Services has “strongly recommended” wearing face masks while using public transport and in public gatherings amid increase in Covid-19 cases and related deaths.

The daily Covid-19 death reached five on Monday, compared to two on Sunday 2 while the total confirmed Covid-19 cases also rose to 119 on Tuesday (26) from Monday’s 75. Already official data have showed the pandemic that killed over 16,500 in Sri Lanka is on a rising trend as people are compelled to use crowded public transport due to fuel shortage.

The health ministry has lifted the mandatory wearing of face mask rule on June 10 after Covid-19 threat minimized.

In July alone Sri Lanka has witnessed at least 16 COVID related deaths after no deaths in the previous months.

A press release issued by Dr Asela Gunawardena on Tuesday (26) stated that masking up was strongly recommended due to the “current COVID-19 disease situation.”

World Health Organization data showed that since July, there have been a 22 pct spike in Covid cases since June.

https://economynext.com/slight-increase-in-covid-19-cases-in-sri-lanka-who-report-indicates-22-pct-hike-97591/

Experts have also warned of new COVID variants, particularly the highly contagious BA.5 variant, that evades vaccine immunity. (Colombo/July 26/2022)

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