Health authorities have warned that there may be Delta COVID-19 positive infections in all districts.
Speaking during a media briefing today, the Deputy Director-General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath said between 20-30% of those infected with the Delta variant could be in the Western Province.
Dr. Herath emphasised on the importance of obtaining vaccinations in order to avoid possible complications that may arise from new virus variants.
He said there has been no initial system in place to identify patients infected with the Delta virus variant as it is time-consuming and an expensive process adding patients are calculated by a percentage by inspecting samples collected.
Dr. Herath claimed this method is followed not only in Sri Lanka but in other countries as well.
The Deputy Director-General said complications can be minimised through immunisation and requested the public to adhere to health regulations.
Meanwhile, Dr. Hemantha Herath urged the public to consider the first opportunity to obtain a vaccine, as the best and to ensure they are inoculated.
When questioned by media over preferences for vaccines issued by foreign countries for entry, Dr. Herath said such decisions are based on what the respective country thinks is best.
He noted that had Sri Lanka received vaccine doses of all brands, similar restrictions could have been imposed on arrivals locally.
However, Dr. Herath reiterated that all vaccines in use against the coronavirus have been approved by the World Health Organisation.
He noted that vaccinations are the way forward and called for all citizens to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities claiming that more lockdowns will further hamper the country’s development and economic situation.