Country Moving Towards Amber Zone
By Dilanthi J ayamanne
After several months in which most provinces were being identified as high risk – red areas, owing to the prevalence of a large number of COVID patients, Medical Technical Services Director Dr. Anwar Hamdani noted the island was gradually moving towards the amber zones due to the large drop in fresh cases being detected on a day-to-day basis.
Addressing the Media, Dr.Hamdani said yesterday (26) that there was a significant drop in the daily reports by about 50 to 60 per cent. The fatalities too have dropped by about 50 per cent in the recent past, he noted. Also, the number of oxygen dependants were 389 at present which was notable reduction of about 60 to 70 per cent, he observed.
“We currently have 38,884 hospital beds, of which only 45 per cent are occupied by corona infected patients,” he said. “The country had left the ‘Red Zone’ and is gradually moving towards the yellow or amber zone,” Dr.Hamdani observed. “We have to decide whether we are going to enhance the situation further and move towards the ‘Green Zone’ or are going back to the former ‘Red Zone’,” he said. The Medical Technical Services Director said that it was up to each individual to fulfil his or her social responsibility by adhering to health regulations and obtaining the COVID vaccine.
‘If you have still not got the jab then go at least now and get it,” he urged. It was everyone’s duty to push the country towards ‘Green Zone” from the red, Dr.Hamdani said. Meanwhile, the Deputy Director General Disaster Management and Emergency Response noted that it would be beneficial for Sri Lanka to move from the ‘Red Zone’ towards the ‘Yellow’ and the ‘Green Zone’ in keeping with the international travel scenario.
However, the Health Ministry is not in a position to monitor this movement with regard to international travel advisory, but the Foreign Ministry should be able to do so through its missions, he said.