ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded 10 COVID-19 deaths in the 48 hours from August 17 to 19 taking the country’s pandemic death toll to 16,640, health ministry data showed.
Sri Lanka is experiencing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases with the relaxation of public health restrictions relating to face masks and public gatherings.
Health authorities said the situation will be monitored constantly and have asked the general public to continue to follow basic hygiene measures in order to control the spread of the virus again in the community.
In August alone 2,924 new cases were recorded in Sri Lanka, with 84 deaths attributed to the disease.
So far in 2022, from January onward, health authorities have identified 81,157 patients to date.
Epidemiology unit data showed that 874 patients are currently receiving treatment, out of which 716 are receiving home based care.
The spread of the virus has increased with the use of public transport rising after an easing of a fuel crisis.
Sri Lanka is also facing difficulties in securing essential medicine supplies for the health sector due to a forex shortage.
Health officials said if the number of COVID-19 patients rise to a level the health sector cannot manage, with the added issues of fuel and medical shortages, the health system might collapse.
“It is the responsibility of us all. There is no use trying to forcibly control people. We all have the responsibility to reduce or stop the spread of the virus before it gets out of control. We have been living with it for the past two years,” Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath said. (Colombo/Aug19/2022)