Claims that Sri Lanka new Coronavirus strain is less deadly is a dangerous myth: Health official

ECONOMYNEXT – A belief among some that the strain of Coronavirus that is spreading in Sri Lanka is less dangerous that earlier ones is a false and there is no evidence to support it, a top health official said.

“The disease has been spreading mostly among young people so far,” Deputy Director of Health Hemanthe Herath told Sri Lanka’s privately run Sirasa TV.

“It has not spread very much to older groups with other underlying conditions.

“There is no evidence to say that this strain is less dangerous than others.”

Sri Lanka’s confirmed Coronavirus deaths rose to 16 on October 25 with a 70-year old patient who died in intensive care confirmed with the disease.

Herath urged young people who are active to avoid un-necessary travel.

He said older family members at home as well as those with other underlying conditions were most at risk.

Another person who was waiting in line to have a PCR test in Kalpitiya also died.

In the current Coronavirus outbreak 4,358 had been infected in large clusters that developed at a factory and fish market.

Sri Lanka’s military chief Shavendra Silva said a hotel that seafarers and sea marshalls, and some foreigners who came and went and stayed in hotels.

General Silva had told earlier that there could be a lapse (athapasuweem) at a hotel where foreign crew or seafarers and sea marshalls stayed.

“You know people come from abroad, they stay at hotels, sometimes there could be lapses (athapasu weem) there,” he said in October 19.

Reports have said a hotel in Seeduwa was being probed.

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General Silva ruled out the cluster developing from a military run quarantine centre.

The Minuwangoda factor is close to Sri Lanka’s main airport in Katunayake. (Colombo/Oct26/2020)

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