We can only delay new variant entering Sri Lanka – Health authorities

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Referring to the newly detected COVID-19 variant, Omicron, the Health authorities said they could only delay the new variant entering the country.

Addressing a news briefing yesterday, Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath said the new variant could enter the country at any time and added the Health Ministry is all geared up to mitigate COVID situation in such circumstances.

“We have already taken measures to curb possibilities of COVID patients arriving in the country through which we can delay the entry of the new variant,” he stated.

“Strict adherence to health practices plays a crucial role in keeping the new variant at bay,” he emphasised.

In addition, Dr Herath said they would not intend giving recommendation to impose a lock-down due to fears of new Covid variant.