The Medical Research Institute of Sri Lanka says it is unable to predict whether a lockdown may have to be imposed in the country in future.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo Specialist Dr. Chrishan Jude Jayamaha said if the spread of COVID-19 can be controlled, the emergence of new variants can be prevented.
Dr. Jayamaha noted the country’s situation has not returned to normalcy, adding the country is facing a new normal.
He said the COVID-19 situation over the past two years has not been disregarded.
He stressed if the public strictly adheres to health guidelines, the spread of COVID-19 can be contained to a great extent over the next few months.
Dr. Jayamaha added however whether or not a lockdown should be imposed in the coming week or from the 1st of February cannot be predicted at present.
He reiterated that all factions must work to prevent the spread of COVID-19. He claimed new variants will continue to emerge if the virus continues to spread rapidly.
Dr. Jude Jayamaha said future decisions will be reached after reviewing the situation and progress from time to time.
Dr. Chrishan Jude Jayamaha also noted that Sri Lanka has not detected an individual who had both the COVID-19 infection and influenza viruses at the same time.
He said a coronavirus infected individual can be infected by other viruses at the same time.
He said they tested 771 samples until November however they did not detect both the coronavirus and influenza viruses in the same sample.
Dr. Jayamaha noted that they detected 16 influenza A cases in 200 samples detected since November.
Specialist Dr. Chrishan Jude Jayamaha also confirmed that they have not scientifically identified a mutation due to the combination of the Delta and Omicron variants.
Dr. Jayamaha said the public should not panic over a purported new hybrid variant.
He said tests are being conducted on a regular basis and they can confirm that there is no ‘Deltacron’ in existence at present.