Sri Lanka’s daily Covid 19 infection rate rising steadily

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s daily infection rate for the Covid 19 virus is rising as the number of deaths since the outbreak went over the 300 mark yesterday according to figures released by the Director-General Health Services this morning, Saturday, January 30.

Eight more deaths that occurred over the past few days were reported as confirmed pandemic deaths taking the death toll from the disease to 305.

Sri Lanka’s death rate from the disease is lower than that of India and the South-East Asian region but almost three times that of Singapore.

The President of the College of Community Physicians of Sri Lanka (CCPSL) Dr Nihal Abeysinghe says that the rate of infection is going up by about a hundred every week.

“We are around the 900 mark now and can expect it to go over the thousand per day mark shortly,” he told EconomyNext.

The steep rise in infections began in January this year according to the chart maintained by the Epidemiological Unit of the Department of Health.

Testing of persons around the country remains at an average of around 15,000 per day.

Of the deaths reported in the latest bulletin, the oldest was a ninety-year-old woman who died at the Kalutara hospital on Jan 24 and the youngest a 43-year-old woman who died at the Kotelawala Defence Hospital yesterday, Jan 29.

The deaths have been reported from the Western, Sabaragamuwa, Southern and Eastern provinces.

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Meanwhile, the US State Department rapped the Sri Lanka government on the knuckles over the mandatory cremation or all Covid victims.

In a tweet last night, the department said COVID-19’s tragedy has taken too many lives. We urge Gov of Sri Lanka to respect & accommodate religious faiths & cultural traditions, in accordance w/international public health guidelines, so that people can say farewell to their loved ones in ways consistent w/their beliefs. (Colombo January 30, 2021)

Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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