The Ministry of Health says the country will move towards a critical situation if the current situation is not managed in a stringent manner, although the number of COVID-19 cases reported daily have reduced at present.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau, Director of the Epidemiology Unit Specialist Dr. Samitha Ginige said public support is essential to maintain the prevailing favourable situation.
He noted around 1,000 infections are identified daily, which is still a risk. Dr. Ginige said prior to the Sinhala and Tamil New Year period, 100-200 COVID-19 cases were reported daily, adding however infections increased uncontrollably since the 18th of April.
He stated therefore the public must continue to act responsibly, as the next few days will be decisive.
Dr. Samitha Ginige said although the situation has been controlled at present, if authorities lose control once again, the situation may become worse.
He noted the public tends to disregard health guidelines when the situation is controlled to a certain extent, and misuse their freedom, adding that it may lead to another wave.
He reiterated that even the next few months will be very decisive.
Commenting on the success of the COVID-19 vaccination programme in the country Dr. Samitha Ginige said vaccine doses necessary to inoculate persons aged over 20 years have been distributed to all districts at present, adding that there is no vaccine shortage in the country.
He added the country has enough stock to reach its vaccination targets.
Dr. Ginige noted the population of over 20s in the country amounts to approximately 14.5 million, adding nearly 29 million doses will be required to fully vaccinate them.
He added however the country has received 31 million vaccine doses.
Dr. Samitha Ginige said therefore there are sufficient vaccine stocks in the country, adding that over 1.2 million vaccine doses have been distributed to each district.
He added several stocks are still remaining in the central storage as well.
Meanwhile, when inquired by media regarding reports of a shortage of medical grade oxygen for treatment at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said there is no shortage of medical grade oxygen in the country in general.
He said however if there is a shortage in an institution, relevant officials will resolve the matter promptly.
Dr. Herath noted the matter was reviewed this morning, and relevant officials presented data and statistics which led to the conclusion that there was no oxygen shortage in the country.