PHI’s Union warns of Indian COVID variants entering country

Sri Lanka Public Health Inspector’s (PHI) Union warned against the risk of new Indian COVID-19 variants entering Sri Lanka.

PHI Union President Upul Rohana said the country is currently undergoing a critical situation and if the Indian variants enter the country the situation will worsen.

He said this while addressing a press briefing held at in Chilaw. Moreover, he said that as India is facing a COVID tsunami and therefore Indians have started to migrate to other countries and Sri Lanka is definitely one of their targets.

“We also have a rising number of cases and if the Indian variants enter, the situation will be worsen,” he added.

He also added that such migrants were reported in Puttalam and details of three were obtained yet details are missing about a woman. “They had entered the country through a boat. We especially urge the fishing community to be vigilant in this regard. The Puttalam Medical Officer of Health (MOH) had intervened in the incident and had directed the relevant persons to quarantine and those associated with this group have also been quarantined,” he said.

In addition to fishermen, the Public Health Inspector’s Union also urged the Sri Lanka Navy and Police to be vigilant in this regard.

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