Health authorities looking out for Omicron variant – Dr. Fernandopulle
By Gagani Weerakoon and Methmalie Dissanayake
State Minister of COVID Control Dr. Sudarshini Fernandopulle yesterday (30) informed Parliament that health authorities are investigating if any person or a party from countries where the new Omicron Coronavirus variant was found has visited Sri Lanka.
Speaking during the Committee Stage Debate on Expenditure Head of Health Ministry, Dr. Fernandopulle said that steps have been taken to restrict visitors from 15 countries in which the new variant is spreading since 28 November. “We have already established surveillance and gene sequencing methods to detect the new variant.
However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is yet to determine the scale of danger of the spread of this new variant. The mortality rate is also to be determined. At the moment, we are advised to follow health guidelines against COVID-19 such as maintaining social distance and wearing facemasks. Getting vaccinated is highly encouraged too,” she noted.