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‘Majority of COVID-19 cases from community’ -GMOA

The Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA) says a majority of the new coronavirus cases are detected from the community at present and not from quarantine centres.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Editor of the GMOA Dr. Haritha Aluthge said the country’s health system will not be able to cope with the current increase in COVID-19 cases, especially if more clusters emerge from various parts of the country.

He said cases have been reported from all districts in the country except the Kilinochchi district.

Dr. Aluthge noted, of the 239 cases detected yesterday, nearly 180 infections were identified from the community.

He said the country needs to manage resources adding that since October, they observed a change in the pattern of infections.

Dr. Aluthge noted that since the Minuwangoda cluster is partially active and the Peliyagoda cluster is thriving, if similar clusters emerge from any part of the island such as Horana or Wattala, the country will not be able to tackle the crisis.

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