No communal spread says DG Health Services

2021-01-14 at 13:07

Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena says he cannot confirm communal transmission of the coronavirus.

Speaking to media during a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy, he said Sri Lanka’s transmission rate has not reached the epidemiological definition rate of communal transmission.

He reiterated that the second COVID-19 wave commenced at an apparel factory, and then moved to a fish market, adding it has now spread within a few villages that are in lockdown.

Dr. Gunawardena said authorities must take precautionary measures to control the spread before the virus reaches communal transmission level.

Dr. Asela Gunawardena claimed the government’s policy during the second wave of the virus was to reopen the country while controlling the spread of the virus.

Commenting on the government’s decision to reopen airports for tourists on the 21st of January the Director General said five tourists who arrived in the country tested positive for the virus, and have now been directed to treatment centres.

He noted that all directives from health authorities were compiled based on experience and issues faced during the arrival of the group from Ukraine.

He revealed of instances where the tourists failed to heed directives of health units, adding they would take a more stringent approach after the 21st.