May 10, 2021

COVID deaths may rise to 20,000 by September, says Mangala Featured

The Institute for the Health Metrics and Evaluation(IHME) of the Washington University in the United States has estimated that more than 20,000 COVID-19 deaths in Sri Lanka could be expected by September if the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues this way, former Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera said.

Addressing the media yesterday Samaraweera said the Sri Lankan authorities should immediately address this issue, which the University of Washington emphasises, and that Sri Lanka would face a deadly situation if a clear solution is not found to control the epidemic.

Commenting further on the report released by the University of Washington as well as the current COVID-19 situation in Sri Lanka, Samaraweera said the University of Washington has published a report on the current global situation with the pandemic and it elaborates the situation of every country.

“The government and the authorities should immediately pay attention to the issues mentioned in the report regarding Sri Lanka.

The report points out that if the spread of the virus in Sri Lanka continues like this, more than 20,000 corona deaths could be expected by September,” he added.

He said that the country is not prepared to face such a situation and he is confident that the Government will not delay in stopping such a deadly situation.

“The United States and Great Britain, which have had the highest mortality and morbidity rates in the world in recent years, can be cited as examples.

The formalisation and acceleration of the COVID-19 vaccine have already shown a rapid decline in deaths and morbidity in those countries,” he added.

He further said that if the government somehow manages the vaccines approved by the World Health Organization in consultation with the international community and initiates formal vaccinations across the country combating the virus will not be a hard task.