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‘COVID-19 cases at present don’t indicate another wave’

The Ministry of Health says the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths reported at present, does not indicate the emergence of another coronavirus wave.

Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said during a pandemic there may be increases and decreases in the number of cases and deaths.

He said although 32 COVID-related fatalities were reported yesterday, based on provisional data the number of deaths reported today is much lower.

Dr. Herath noted therefore it cannot be said for certain if it will lead to the emergence of another wave.

He added however the number of infections have increased, and may spread further.

Dr. Herath stressed therefore the emergence of another wave can be prevented if the public remains cautious.

Commenting on the decision to reduce the number of days for a coronavirus infected person to remain in isolation to seven, Dr. Hemantha Herath said the period of quarantine is based on data regarding the infectious period of an individual infected with the virus.

He noted based on initial data it was determined that an individual can transmit the virus for around 10 days, and therefore a quarantine period of 14 days was recommended.

Dr. Herath said based on updated data regarding the infectious period and data from countries with a large number of vaccinated people, the quarantine period was determined as seven days, after adding a few more days for safety.

He added therefore the quarantine period was not shortened to gain benefits, and it will not lead to an increase in cases.

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