Saving 7,500 - 10,000 lives
Among the key observations made at the meeting on Aug. 26 had noted that the COVID-19 death rate is one of the highest. According to stats of the WHO COVID-19 dashboard on 25 Aug 2021, Sri Lanka is at No. 11 in the list of countries with the highest number of deaths per 100,000 population.
Virus spreading in homes ; 90% of sequenced samples are Delta
The report states that the number of health workers exposed to the virus has increased rapidly. The expert committee reports that stocks of essential supplies, including oxygen, are also low.
The virus is also spreading in homes, the report said.
It has also been noted that "maintaining stringency to reduce transmission, caseload and deaths will enable quicker economic recovery."
The report has also presented an economic projection model developed by the Imperial College and portraying the economic impact. It is noted that the GDP estimate for 2020 is USD84bn according to the World Bank.
The model portrays the economic impact as a percentage of GDP as follows :
Crucial enabling factors are briefed down to health and care measures to save lives, Preventing transmissions through measures including individual compliance and extending strict social measures.
In addition, the need to "strengthen social support system by engaging with temples and religious groups, NGOs, civil society etc (i.e. a national mobilization effort) to overcome needs of the lower income groups, led by the government" is also noted.
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