Covid-19: Community-spread not yet confirmed, says Epidemiology Unit

Covid-19: Community-spread not yet confirmed, says Epidemiology Unit

19 January 2021 09:51 pm

Despite the daily Covid-19 discoveries made in various parts of the country, there is no evidence to substantiate the existence of community spread of the virus, said Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, Chief of the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry. 

In his emphasis, Dr. Samaraweera said that the Covid-19 discoveries made in the society and community spread of the virus are two different elements. 

Declaration of community spread of the virus can only be made in accordance with the criteria set by the World Health Organization (WHO), Samaraweera pointed out, adding that such criteria have been introduced due to the changes in the course of action based on the spread of the contagion. 

Covid-19 cases were not reported in Sri Lanka from July to October last year, however, it had been informed that cases could have been emerged from the community on unpredictable occasions, the Epidemiology Chief reminisced. The Health Sectors then had informed that unexpected clusters, or individual cases, could have been reported amid the circumstances, he further reminded. 

Although a proclamation saying that there will be no cases in the community cannot be made, this does not directly stand for community spread, Dr. Samaraweera emphasised. 

MIAP