Colombo City in danger with Delta spread -Mayor | Daily News

Colombo City in danger with Delta spread -Mayor

Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake appreciated the business community for closing businesses voluntarily despite the losses incurred and urged people to refrain from entering Colombo except for an emergency.

She said that the business communities’ decision was solely taken by them to reduce the spread of COVID-19 for the betterment of citizens. She noted that while the health sector was working hard to control the spread of COVID-19, their decision to prevent people from coming to the cities in support of it was a “commendable act”.

Senanayake also added that after considering the prediction reports of the World Health Organisation and the Sri Lankan medical experts, suspending businesses and other services is the most effective decision that can be arrived at this crucial juncture.

“At present, all hospitals in the country are at full capacity, and only a small number of intensive care unit beds reserved for severe patients remain. The number of infections per day exceeds 3,500, and the number of deaths has reached 170. The Jayawardhanapura University of has confirmed that 98% of the patients reported from Colombo are of the Delta variant. The university also says that three mutations of the Delta variety have been found in Sri Lanka, and these three mutations were found in and around Colombo. Therefore I kindly request to refrain from entering Colombo” she said.

She also added that a very well functioning health service is present in the country, and the only issue is the rising number of patients that is uncontrollable.

She also recalled the recent report prepared by Monash University in Australia in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Southeast Asian Region (SEAR) and the WHO Office in Sri Lanka. “ I read this report. It is based on official government data and estimates that 50% of the country’s population will be vaccinated by the end of August. But it was a terrifying record. It shows that if travel restrictions are not appropriately imposed, the number of patients per day will increase to 6,000 by mid-September and to 220 deaths per day by the first week of October. They also say that the number of patients in need of intensive care will be 275 per day. They also say that if it continues like this, by January 2022, about 30,000 people in our country will die due to COVID-19,” she added.

Further explaining the report, she said that the situation could be minimised with proper care and travel restrictions. “Experts say that if we control our travels for four weeks, we can reduce the number of reported cases to 1,000 a day and the number of deaths to 25 a day. The report also states that the number of people in need of intensive care units could be reduced to 25 a day and that 18,000 deaths could be prevented by January 2022,” she said.

The Mayor said the government should fully implement the health recommendations issued by the Health Ministry, and people should provide the necessary support to control COVID-19.



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