The All Ceylon Government Medical Officers’ Association warns the coronavirus will spread throughout the country to an extent that a COVID-19 patient will be identified in every household in future.
Speaking to NewsRadio, the Chairman of the Association, Dr. Gishantha Dassanayake said the new health guidelines are impractical.
Dr. Dassanayake said the virus has now spread to the community adding COVID-19 patients are roaming freely in society.
He said the possibility of individuals contracting the virus is increasing daily.
He noted although there is an increase in the number of patients, the government, the Ministry of Health and the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak are accused of concealing the actual figures.
He said the data reported by health authorities on a provincial level are not being published in national data adding only 25-30 percent is reported.
Dr. Dassanayake claimed it is clear that the government is maintaining low coronavirus cases.
He further said the new guidelines imposed by the Director General of Health Services are weak and will not assist in controlling the virus adding it is an attempt to mislead the public.
He added the night-time curfew is irrelevant to the public.
Dr. Dassanayake said the interprovincial travel restriction is also impractical adding although buses are not allowed to travel outside of the Western Province, they provide transport up to its borders where the public disembark and board another bus from the opposite side of the border.
He added the regulation to allow only one individual per household to leave for groceries is also impractical as it is impossible to monitor.
Dr. Dassanayake said achieving progress from the vaccination programme is a difficult task due to the delay in the commencement of the vaccine drive.
He claimed the government wasted time by following myths.