Health authorities say the general public should now learn to live with the novel coronavirus.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Director of the Health Promotion Bureau Dr. Ranjith Batuwanthudawa said people’s movement had been restricted for nearly one and a half years but now the country is being reopened gradually.
Dr. Batuwanthudawa noted that the COVID-19 threat has not completely diminished and therefore the public should exercise maximum caution.
He said Sri Lanka recorded 2,000 to 3,000 coronavirus cases daily a few months ago but now only detecting 500 to 600 infections daily.
Dr. Batuwanthudawa is of the view that they cannot make a determination on whether cases will come down immediately.
He said the decision on furthering easing restrictions will be taken based on the COVID-19 situation in the country in the next two weeks.
The Director of the Health Promotion Bureau said new guidelines will be issued after considering the situation on the 16th of November.
He requested the public to refrain from commencing outdoor activities at once since large gatherings could lead to the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Dr. Batuwanthudawa also noted that they are on standby to handle with any new coronavirus variant.
He said they are hopeful of preventing the spread of the novel coronavirus through a measured approach.