The Public Health Inspector’s Union of Sri Lanka says with the sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in recent days it is evident that the coronavirus variant which contributed to the spike in cases in India, Europe and Vietnam, is already in the country.
Chairman Upul Rohana said although local authorities have not confirmed the existence of the sub variant in the country through scientific means; they are able to come to an understanding through recent trends.
Upul Rohana said they are detecting a large number of persons with COVID-19 like symptoms from schools, work places and from areas where people gather in groups.
The PHI Union Chairman noted however they cannot confirm such cases due to the lack of rapid antigen test kits.
Chairman Upul Rohana said workers at ground level and offices of Medical Officer of Health are unable to get hold of rapid antigen test kits.
He said steps must be taken to resolve the issue promptly.
Upul Rohana noted those with compromised immunity and elderly persons must be mindful when remaining in fuel and gas queues, since the number of coronavirus cases has increased sharply.
He noted that COVID-19 remains a threat therefore requested citizens to adhere to health advice when in public.
The PHI Union Chairman also requested citizens to obtain the necessary vaccine doses to minimise hospitalisations and deaths.