PHI's Union calls for islandwide lockdown
The Public Health Inspectors Union of Sri Lanka has called for an islandwide lockdown, explaining that it is the only way to contain the spread of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Speaking to Ceylon Today, President of the Union Upul Rohana stated that as of now, the situation in Sri Lanka is not a favourable one, given that the UK variant (B.1.1.7) was identified as the cause of the rapid surge in the number of COVID-19 infectees.
The variant has proved to spread faster than the previous mutations detected in Sri Lanka, increasing the mortality rates by 55%.
The B.1.1.7 variant has also been identified as the cause of a majority of the cases in India, with its primary targets being pregnant mothers and youth, unlike the previous waves in which the elderly were considered most vulnerable.
The President of the Union explained that given the rapid rate at which this variant is spreading, a large number of persons belonging to the Health sector, including PHI's, have also contracted the coronavirus disease.
Most infectees have been directed to follow self-quarantine measures at home, due to the lack of accommodation at treatment centers across the country, he explained, adding that most treatment centers and hospitals have reached their maximum capacity.
"Necessary measures need to be taken if we are to get through this third wave without falling into a crisis similar to that of India", Upul Rohana stated.