The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka says the emergence of a fourth COVID-19 wave cannot be prevented if the public continues to act recklessly.
Speaking to media, Chairman of the PHI Union Upul Rohana said irrespective of the measures taken by the government and the health sector, the cooperation of the public is paramount to minimise the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Upul Rohana said the number of coronavirus cases has been increasing across the world and the infection rate is also rising in Sri Lanka.
He said it is evident the number of cases will increase further with easing of restrictions.
The PHI Union Chairman noted that following the lifting curfew and owing to the failure of the people to follow health guidelines and issues within the transport sector, public and private institutions to enforce quarantine laws accurately, daily COVID numbers are increasing.
He said therefore the public should decide whether they would like to see the imposition of curfew once again or schools and other institutions being forced to shut.
Chairman of the PHI Union Upul Rohana said if the public continues to act recklessly while disregarding health guidelines, the country will experience another COVID-19 wave in the near future.
Chairman of the PHI Union Upul Rohana also said parents should not hesitate to send their children to schools.
Commenting on reopening schools for students in Grade 10, 11, 12 and 13 today, Upul Rohana said if there are major risks, they will issue directives to close schools immediately.
The PHI Union Chairman said only a limited number of cases were reported from primary schools that have been in functioning for several days.
He said they expected few cases to be detected from schools from the outset.
Upul Rohana stressed that if the situation goes out of control though, they will not hesitate to issue directives to close schools adding they will also seek the intervention of the President.