Over 1,000 Covid cases in August – DGHS


Over a thousand cases of Covid-19 were detected in the country within the first seven days of August, according to statistics released by the Office of the Director General Health Services (DGHS).

The number of Covid-19 cases recorded from 1 August till Sunday (7) totalled 1,025. A total of 184 new cases of the viral infection were detected on Sunday, bringing the number of new cases infected by the virus close to 200 per day.

A total 29 Covid-19 deaths have been recorded within this period. Of them 22 were in the 60 and above age group.

Director Medical Technology Services of the Health Ministry, Dr. Anver Hamdani said that the BA.5 was predominant sub variant being detected at present. Fielding questions, he said that the booster doses of the Covid vaccine would be administered in Medical offices of Health (MOH) and state hospitals. The Ministry hoped to at least administer the third dose (second booster jab) to at least 55 to 57 per cent of its most vulnerable group.

Dr. Hamdani noted that at least 98 per cent of the population had been administered the first and second doses of the Covid -19 vaccine.

By Dilanthi Jayamanne