ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka recorded 10 deaths from COVID-19 in the 48 hours from August 17 to 19, bringing the death toll from the pandemic in the country to 16,640, according to health ministry data.
Sri Lanka is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases with the easing of public health restrictions on face masks and public gatherings.
Health authorities said the situation will be continuously monitored and asked the general public to continue to follow basic hygiene measures to control the spread of the virus in the community again.
In August alone, 2,924 new cases were recorded in Sri Lanka, with 84 deaths attributed to the disease.
So far in 2022, as of January, health authorities have counted 81,157 patients so far.
Data from the epidemiology unit showed that 874 patients are currently receiving treatment, of which 716 are receiving care at home.
The spread of the virus has increased with increased use of public transport after a fuel crisis subsided.
Sri Lanka is also facing difficulties in sourcing essential medicines for the health sector due to a shortage of foreign exchange.
Health officials have said that if the number of COVID-19 patients reaches a level that the health sector cannot handle, with the additional problems of fuel and medicine shortages, the health system could suffer. ‘collapse.
“It’s all of our responsibility. There’s no point in trying to control people by force. We all have a responsibility to reduce or stop the spread of the virus before it gets out of hand. We live with it. it has been for two years,” said Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath (Colombo/August 19, 2022)