Sri Lanka to resume govt services fully despite health warnings

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ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka will resume usual government services with Covid-19 health guideline from August 2, the President’s said, amid strong warning by doctors of Delta variant spreading and rising daily deaths.

“Since the majority of public servants have also been vaccinated, the priority should be given to restore normalcy to the public service,” the President’s office said in a statement.

P.B. Jayasundera, the secretary to the President has also asked the Ministry of Public Services to revoke all circulars with on working from home with a limited number of staff members on a rotation basis which were earlier issued to facilitate the control of Covid-19 virus.

Doctors have warned that Sri Lanka is facing the initial stages of a possible fourth wave, based on information received on the country’s COVID-19 treatment system.

Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) President Padma Gunaratne said on July 20 based on the latest data in the possession of the group about 30 percent of Colombo Municipal Council population had the Delta variant and it will be the dominant variant infecting 50 percent of the active cases.

Sri Lanka Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Union also warned of the Delta variant when the government relaxed the intra-provincial travel restrictions early this month.

The authorities have reduced PCR testing since early this month, data showed.

Lalith Weeratunga, the chairman of Presidential Task Force for National Deployment and Vaccination Plan for COVID-19 Vaccine on Thursday (29) said the focus is now on vaccination while both vaccines and PCR tests are done at a higher cost.

Authorities have already vaccinated 72 percent of the population of over 30 years of age with the first dose and completed second vaccination in 16 percent as of July 28, the President’s media office said.

The number of daily detections of covid-19 patients, which hit a multi-week low of 1,310 on July 23 has reversed the trend since then and recorded 2,370 on Thursday (29). (Colombo/July30/2021)

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