GMOA urges people not to lower guard because of lull in detections
Posted on March 26th, 2020

By Rathindra Kuruwita Courtesy The Island

The public should not let their guard down because of a decrease in the detection of COVID-19 patients, Dr. Haritha Aluthge of the Government Medical Officers Association (GMOA), warned yesterday.

Dr. Aluthge told The Island that though the official count of COVID-19 patients was 101, the actual number of infected people might be about 500.  The GMOA feared that many people were not able to maintain an appropriate distance when they went out to buy goods, after the curfew was lifted, and that could have led to more infections.
 It is possible that the number will spike, by around April 08. About 19 000 people had come into physical contact with COVID-19 patients, currently in hospital, and these people are being monitored by authorities. If the people follow instructions properly, we can expect a positive outcome within two weeks.”

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