Sri Lanka records over 700 COVID cases again. Today Sri Lanka records 732 coronavirus cases. Test positivity rate is increasing. Currently there are 13,947 active COVID patients.

According to the Director General of Health Services, total number of fatalities in Sri Lanka increased to 14,016.

According to official stats Sri Lanka’s weekly average of PCR tests count show about 6,200 per day. Test positivity rate has again slightly increased from 9% to 11.4%. It was around 35% during early September. (

Meanwhile during World Health Organization’s media briefing on COVID19 WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says that vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalisation, severe disease and death. But they do not fully prevent COVID19 transmission.

Almost 2 million cases of COVID19 were reported in Europe last week, the most in a single week in that region since the pandemic started. Almost 27,000 deaths were reported from Europe, more than half of all COVID-19 deaths globally last week.

“COVID19 is surging in countries with lower vaccination rates in Eastern Europe, but also in countries with some of the world’s highest vaccination rates in Western Europe”

“It’s another reminder, as we have said again and again, that vaccines do not replace the need for other COVID19 precautions”

“Vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalisation, severe disease and death. But they do not fully prevent #COVID19 transmission. Some European countries are now reintroducing restrictions to curb transmission and take the pressure off their health systems”.
“We continue to recommend the tailored and proportionate use of testing, masks, physical distancing, measures to prevent crowding, improve ventilation, and more. And get vaccinated when it’s your turn”.

“Every country must constantly assess its situation and adjust its approach accordingly. With the right mix of measures, it’s possible for countries to find the balance between keeping #COVID19 transmission down and keeping their societies and economies open”. (