Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka)

Don’t panic, says Epi­demi­ol­ogy Chief

- SHEAIN FERNANDOPU­LLE BY Health · Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions

Min­uwan­goda fac­tory clus­ter stands at 1,083

To­tal con­firmed cases re­mains at 4,523 1,214 ac­tive cases The gen­eral pub­lic have been re­quested not to panic con­sid­er­ing the pre­vail­ing sit­u­a­tion as all pos­si­ble mea­sures are be­ing taken to con­tain the spread of the virus and mit­i­gate the sit­u­a­tion, Chief Epi­demi­ol­o­gist Dr Su­dath Sa­ma­raweera said yes­ter­day.

“As of now, the amount of cases be­ing re­ported from the Min­uwan­goda fac­tory clus­ter is com­par­a­tively re­duc­ing,” he told a news brief­ing. How­ever, he stressed that peo­ple must com­ply with health guide­lines and urged prompt mea­sures should be taken if they were found with any res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases.

Dr. Sa­ma­raweera said al­though pos­i­tive cases were re­ported from the hos­pi­tal sys­tem, per­ti­nent mea­sures had been taken to pre­vent them from mix­ing with the com­mu­nity.

He also said peo­ple were of the opinion that the virus would spread to the en­tire so­ci­ety in the wake of a con­sid­er­able rise in cases be­ing re­ported from the Min­uwan­goda Ap­parel fac­tory within three days. “How­ever, the health and se­cu­rity au­thor­i­ties were prompt in iden­ti­fy­ing the cases and di­rect­ing them to rel­e­vant hos­pi­tals. Now, we are in the process of iden­ti­fy­ing cases linked to the Min­uwan­goda Ap­parel fac­tory work­ers,” Dr Sa­ma­raweera added.

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