'Next two weeks will be decisive' - GMOA

Tuesday, 18 May 2021 - 14:30

Health Services Deputy Director Specialist Dr Hemantha Herath stated that there is a high possibility that the number of COVID patients reported within the next 100 days could exceed a million, considering the present trend of COVID reports.

The number of COVID patients exceeded 2,000 for the ninth consecutive day yesterday (17).

The highest number of COVID patients which was 254 was reported from the Pudukuduirippu, Mullaitivu.

The Mullaitivu Medical Officer of Health (MOH) stated that most of the cases reported from the Puthukudiirippu area were employees of a garment factory in the area.

With the report of 2,456 COVID patients yesterday (17), the total number of patients increased to 145,202.

From the Gampaha District, 677 patients were reported, where most of them were reported from the Biyagama, which was 136. Another 83 patients were reported from the Nittambuwa with 72 cases being reported from Kadawatha.

Meanwhile, the highest number reported yesterday was from Mount Lavinia from the Colombo District followed by Homagama, Borelesgamuwa, Moratuwa, and Athurugiriya.

Government Medical Officers' Association Assistant Secretary Dr Navin de Zoysa stated that next two weeks in the country are decisive regarding the spread of the coronavirus.

He added that the public should adhere to health guidelines as much as possible.

He stated the above while addressing a media briefing held.