Mahindananda tested positive - Gammanpila goes into self-isolation

Mahindananda tested positive - Gammanpila goes into self-isolation

Agriculture Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage has tested positive for COVID-19 following a Rapid Antigen Test. Reports revealed that the minister will be subjected to a PCR test tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Minister of Energy Udaya Gammanpila has gone into self-isolation after several staff members of the Ministry tested positive for COVID-19.

Minister Gammanpila said the Ministry of Energy would remain closed from today until August 06 due to disinfecting process.

“Several officials at the Ministry were found to be infected with the virus, but my Rapid Antigen Test has returned negative,” he tweeted.

“However, I decided to self-isolate as a precautionary measure,” Minister Gammanpila added.

The coming couple of weeks would be extremely crucial in terms of detecting more patients of highly contagious Delta variant in the country, the Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA), warned today.

SLMA President Dr. Padma Gunaratne said there is a possible risk of things going from bad to worse.

“The number of cases reported daily are due to limited number PCR tests being conducted in a day. There are five times of active cases undetected in the community.

“We are heading to a crucial two weeks where a considerable number of Delta variant cases could be detected in the community,” she stressed.

A total of 74 more COVID-19 related deaths that occurred yesterday (02) were confirmed by the Director-General of Health Services today pushing the death toll to  4,645.