Colombo, Sept 23 (DailyMirror) – The peak of the Delta variant is now over in Sri Lanka and the number of deaths and infected patients have reduced but health authorities yesterday warned that another peak could be expected in the coming weeks or months with severe mutations existing in other countries.
Professor of Community Medicine, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka Professor Suneth Agampodi told Daily Mirror that while public mobility had severely reduced due to the ongoing quarantine curfew, the results were being seen with the number of deaths and patients in the country reducing drastically.
The super spreaders had stopped due to the public gatherings such as weddings not being held and crowded public transportation not functioning.
Health authorities believe the peak of the highly contagious Delta variant is over in Sri Lanka but there was still around a 60% chance that another peak may occur in the coming weeks.
People have been urged to maintain all health guidelines and not be misled by the false pretence that the vaccines could prevent transmission of the COVID-19.
“This is alarming that even among the fully vaccinated people, we see a huge transmission rate. Even in global literature it clearly says that the COVID-19 vaccines prevent severe disease and death. It does not reduce transmission.the problem we see now is that people who are vaccinated are under false reassurance that they can even prevent the transmission and when they get infected they infect those who are unvaccinated, which is still a large percentage of our population,” Professor Agampodi said.
“Even though the peak is over and the numbers are going down, the numbers will not hit the baseline because of this problem,” he added. With the peak over, health authorities warned that they were still unsure what lied ahead in the coming months. Sri Lanka was not out of danger yet and with mutations existing in other countries, there was a threat that these mutations could enter the country. (Jamila Husain)