Senior Consultant Physician at the Infectious Diseases Hospital (IDH), Dr. Ananda Wijewickrama stated that the need of the hour is to refrain from socialising and that people should not engage in unnecessary travel and partying.
He appealed to the public to only leave the house when absolutely necessary and warned that the country is facing a critical situation.
If leaving the house, he reiterated that masks should be worn correctly at all times, social distancing observed and hands sanitized as often as possible.
New variants of Covid-19!
(Prof.) Channa Jayasumana, State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals stated that Delta Plus, Lambda and Epsilon variants of Covid-19 are present around the world, warning that vaccines by themselves are not adequate to curb the spread. He added that the Epsilon variant is more dangerous than Delta.
He further stated that the next two weeks are critical, and warned the rapid spread of the Delta strain around the island meant that the patient numbers could skyrocket. The State Minister requested the public to restrict unnecessary travel.