Dec 07, Colombo: The Public Health Inspectors’ (PHIs) Union of Sri Lanka says it will 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 legal action will be taken against the woman, who was the first case of Omicron variant in Sri Lanka and her husband as soon as their quarantine period is over.
Responding to a question raised by journalists after attending a program at the Puttalam Deputy Medical Officer's Office, Upul Rohana added that the public health inspectors are currently conducting investigations to trace the parties exposed to their associates.
The 25-year-old Sri Lankan 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 PHI Union Chairman said six associates of the infected woman have been referred for PCR tests. Also, investigations are underway regarding those who have been associated with and exposed to these individuals. This woman and her husband have not been vaccinated. They also have six relatives who have not been vaccinated.
“Such religious ideological groups endanger the lives of others without getting vaccinated. Such situations should not happen at this time. Everyone should be vaccinated,” he said.
Investigations have revealed that the woman and her family are members of a religious group and woman had visited Nigeria recently to attend a conference.
The Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) said an immediate investigation should be carried out to find how the Sri Lankan woman infected with the Omicron variant entered the country even though she had not been vaccinated.