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COVID numbers have come down during curfew but not enough -Ministry

The Ministry of Health says the number of coronavirus related deaths and infections has reduced considerably during the past few weeks due to the curfew but has not decreased to a satisfactory level.

Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath therefore dismissed the notion that curfew has not been effective.

Dr. Herath said however the number of daily infections is still near 3,000 which is alarming, since during previous waves, daily cases did not rise to current levels.

He also said the number of COID-19 related deaths could continue to remain high in the next few weeks.

Dr. Hemantha Herath noted that when the number of COVID-19 cases spiked in the past few weeks, the number of hospitalizations also rose steeply.

He said during the period, severe cases and those with long-term illnesses were admitted and remained in intensive care units.

Dr. Hemantha Herath said therefore, it is likely the number of deaths could continue to remain at current levels for a few more weeks.

The Deputy Director General of Health Services also urged the general public to continue to take precautions, since there is a possibility that the numbers could spike again.

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