Medical Specialists warn of new COVID cluster
By Rebecca Pavey
The Association of Medical Specialists (AMS) has raised concerns over the large queues recently witnessed near liquor stores, violating travel restrictions and COVID-19 guidelines. While acknowledging the Government's need to collect revenue, and the legal right of legitimate vendors, dealers and alcohol consumers, the AMS warned of a resultant cluster that may arise due to such gatherings.
"However, as a professional organisation, we feel that it is our prime duty to foresee any impending threats at this crucial juncture where we have just started to witness a downward trend of this deadly disease. We feel that any gatherings of this nature leading to human-tohuman contact will act as a focus of another cluster,” the AMS said in a statement.
"These gatherings remind us the way the public behaved to collect the infamous ‘Peniya’ introduced by a quack," the AMS said, similar to the lengthy queues seen to collect the syrup against COVID-19 produced by DhammikaBandara at the inception of COVID19 in Sri Lanka.
The AMS urged that a safer mechanism be introduced for consumers to purchase what they wish, without endangering the lives of others and potentially jeopardising the efforts and sacrifices made thus far in relation to mitigating the COVID-19 crisis. "We urge authorities to take all the possible measures to minimise human-to-human contact during this critical period," the statement read.