Current COVID wave may decline after August
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
It would take at least another two to three months to control the present COVID-19 wave, Deputy Director General (Disaster Management and Preparedness), Dr. Hemantha Herath said. Responding to questions, Dr. Herath said the COVID-19 cluster that emerged following the April New Year season would last at least till the months of August or September, before it begins to decline.
Explaining, he said the COVID-19 cluster that had erupted in October last year had only shown signs of dwindling by in the month of December 2020. But the numbers increased further due to Christmas and year-end celebrations by January 2021.
That too however went down by about March this year. The Post-New Year cluster too would take that long to decline. But numbers could increase once more if people attended public events such as the Esala Perahera and moved about freely. However, there are instances when it is difficult for the public to maintain social distancing such as when traveling in public transport.
This is an inevitable circumstance limitation which cannot be avoided, he noted. Meanwhile, the Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka (PHIUSL) expressed despair as to whether the COVID-19 situation could be controlled by 14 June 2021, despite the travel restrictions which were in place.
Even the travel restrictions that were imposed on 21 May 2021 did not curtail the number of persons coming into Colombo and its suburbs. Treasurer of PHIUSL Y. Mudalige said that even though travel restrictions had been further extended with only the essential services being permitted to report to duty, there were still a large number of persons coming into the city on a daily basis.