40,000 COVID-19 Patients Reported
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Over 40,000 persons were found to have been infected with COVID19 within the last two weeks. A total 41,189 cases have been detected in the country from 20 May 2021 to 2 June, the statistics given by the Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) show. The total number of cases topped 3,000 on three days during these two weeks.
While 3,441 new cases were detected on 20 May and another 3,583 on 21 May 2021. On 2 June another 3,306 new cases were added to the post New Year COVID-19 cluster. A majority of COVID-19 cases have been detected in the Western Province. Colombo District, which has borne the severity of all three COVID-19 waves that affected the country, has totalled a colossal 51,182 cases while the District of Gampaha has a total 35,563.
Kalutara District has 17,952 cases. According to data received from the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) on 2 June the total number of COVID-19 cases detected from the Gampaha District alone amounted to 1,004.
Health Ministry sources said there were deep concerns regarding the high numbers that have been detected in the country on a daily basis with the onset of the third wave. The travel restrictions imposed on 21 May 2021 was lifted for a span of 17 hours before being reimposed in a bid to allow people to purchase essential food items.
However, the Sri Lanka Medical Association, the Government Medical Officers’ Association and the Public Health Inspectors Union Sri Lanka expressed fear that relaxing travel restrictions even after that would prove the efforts of the government and the health services, to curb the viral infection, futile, sources said. The decision to extend travel restrictions till 14 June 2021 had been taken owing to these repeated appeals.