TSri Lanka’s Union of Public Health Inspectors (PHI) has taken legal action against the first Sri Lankan infected with the Omicron variant of COVID-19 for breaking the quarantine law.
PHI Union President Upul Rohana said yesterday that the 25-year-old Sri Lankan woman who returned from Nigeria on November 23 tested positive for the COVID-19 variant Omicron. She is currently in quarantine at her residence in Marawila.
“When the PHI went to her place of residence according to the address provided by the epidemiology unit of the Ministry of Health, she was not there and had moved to another location. Family members from both houses have already been placed in quarantine and none of them have been vaccinated against COVID 19. Investigations are currently underway to trace other close contacts, ”said Upul Rohana.
The Omicron variant, which is now spreading in southern Africa and detected in at least 38 countries, has raised concerns that it could significantly compromise the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.
According to the World Health Organization, the Omicron variant has been detected in at least 38 countries, but no deaths have been reported yet. But, the World Health Organization (WHO) warns that it could hurt the global economic recovery.
The WHO has also warned that it could take weeks to determine how infectious the variant is, whether it causes more serious illness and how effective treatments and vaccines are against it.
According to the WHO, the most effective measures individuals can take to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus are to keep a physical distance of at least 1 meter from others; wear a properly fitted mask; open windows to improve ventilation; avoid poorly ventilated or overcrowded spaces; keep hands clean; coughing or sneezing into a bent elbow or handkerchief; and get vaccinated when it’s their turn.