Health authorities say there is a risk of new coronavirus variants emerging even though the spread of COVID-19 across the world has been mitigated to a certain extent.
Speaking during a media briefing this afternoon, the Deputy Director General of Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said it is therefore crucial that the public act in a responsible manner.
Dr. Herath said the high-level threat of the Omicron variant is subsiding adding however it does not highlight that COVID-19 has been completely mitigated.
He said although less than 500 COVID-infections are reported daily, the number of patients reported yesterday increased to 428 from the 345 cases reported on Monday.
The Deputy Director General said while fluctuations in cases are expected, everyone must remain vigilant during the final stages of the pandemic similar to the end stage of a conflict.
He said it is very fortunate if this is in fact the end of the pandemic.
Dr. Herath said everyone must make sacrifices and follow health guidelines during the upcoming festive season.