Update on cases linked to Gampaha patient zero

2020-10-28 at 16:48

HEMANTHA HERATH

Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath says according to latest COVID-19 related data, coronavirus cases that emerged following the detection of a patient in Minuwangoda, have reduced drastically.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Department of Government Information today, Dr. Hemantha Herath said, although it will require a reasonable timeframe to completely eradicate the virus, authorities have observed a drastic reduction in COVID-19 cases that can be directly linked to the first patient from Minuwangoda.

Dr. Herath noted that several steps have been taken to curb the spread of the virus to other areas of the country and noted that the Ministry of Health is seeking the support of the public to contain it.

On a separate note, Dr. Hemantha Herath said health authorities have revised their COVID-19 mitigation program with regards to treatment and quarantine facilities.

He said since contacts of COVID-19 patients will be directed to self-isolate in future, health sector workers, Sri Lanka Army, Police and Grama Niladhari officers will be excessively involved in the process.

Dr. Hemantha Herath is of the view, cases will surface for a period of time due to the incubation period and owing to the nature of the virus.

He therefore stressed that the public cannot expect a complete eradication of COVID-19 in the near future.