The Government Medical Officers’ Association says the new omicron coronavirus variant could have been identified in Sri Lanka at the treatment centre itself, if genome sequencing was done at the initial stages of the identified persons arrival in Sri Lanka.
Speaking to media yesterday Asst. Secretary of the GMOA, Dr Naveen De Zoysa said such a test would have stopped authorities from sending her home.
He revealed that the person was identified as Covid-19 positive through a PCR conducted on the 24th.
However, Dr. De Zoysa claimed that authorities did PCR tests for those that arrived in Sri Lanka from high risk zones where the omicron variant was detected, adding the case was detected when genome sequencing was conducted on those patients as well.
Meanwhile, Health Authorities yesterday revealed that the woman in question has not been vaccinated.
Therefore, Dr. Naveen De Zoysa urged the public to obtain the vaccine, and minimise the fatal risk of coronavirus to themselves and those around them.
He pointed out that this was a good example of the harm caused to an entire country through avoiding the vaccine.