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Legal action against woman infected with COVID-19 Omicron variant

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The Public Health Inspectors’ (PHIs) Union of Sri Lanka to take legal action against the first Sri Lankan infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 for violating Quarantine Law.

PHI Union Chairman Upul Rohana yesterday said that the 25-year-old Sri Lankn woman who had returned from Nigeria on November 23, has tested positive for the COVID-19 Omicron variant. She is currently under quarantine at her residence in Marawila.

“When the PHIs visited her place of residence according to the address provided by the Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry she was not there and she had moved to another place. The family members of both houses have already been directed to quarantine and none of them have been vaccinated against COVID 19. Investigations are currently underway to trace other close contacts,” Upul Rohana said.

The Omicron variant, spreading now in southern Africa and detected in at least 38 countries, has prompted fears it could significantly undermine the effectiveness of vaccines against COVID-19.

According to the World Health Organization, the Omicron variant has been detected in at least 38 countries but no deaths have yet been reported. But, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warns that it could damage the global economic recovery.

The WHO has also warned it could take weeks to determine how infectious the variant is, whether it causes more severe illness and how effective treatments and vaccines are against it.

According to the WHO, the most effective steps that individuals can take to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus is to keep a physical distance of at least 1 metre from others; wear a well-fitting mask; open windows to improve ventilation; avoid poorly ventilated or crowded spaces; keep the hands clean; cough or sneeze into a bent elbow or tissue; and get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

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