The Government Medical Officers Association says Sri Lanka is not free of the coronavirus pandemic.
Assistant Secretary Dr. Naveen de Zoysa speaking at a media briefing said the repercussions of failing to follow health guidelines will be experienced in the days ahead.
Dr. de Zoysa said 200 patients were reported during April this year, adding the number significantly rose.
He said immunity built through vaccinations is waning, especially individuals above the age of 60.
The Assistant Secretary added plans are being formulated to provide a booster jab to counter the situation.
Dr. de Zoysa said the public must adhere to health guidelines including social distancing, sanitising and wearing a face mask for at least another year.
On a separate note, he said the continuous closure of schools and universities was not a solution when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dr. de Zoysa said certain activities can resume with the vaccination drive adding however complications will arise if health guidelines are disregarded.