Chief Epidemiologist transferred following death toll error

Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera has been transferred a day after President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revealed that there was an error in the Covid death toll count of 11th July.

Samaraweera has been transferred from the Epidemiology Unit to the National Dengue Control Unit.

The Health Ministry said that Dr. Samaraweera has been appointed as the new Director of the National Dengue Control Unit.

Dr. Samitha Ginige has been appointed as the Acting Director of the Epidemiology Unit.

The coronavirus death toll on June 11 was not 101 but only 15, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa revealed yesterday.

He said that while it was decided to lift travel restrictions on June 14, steps were taken to extend the restrictions until June 21 based on data received that 101 deaths were reported on June 11.

The President said that information was later obtained by the health authorities and intelligence unit following a thorough investigation conducted into the cause of death.

The investigation revealed that some of the deaths occurred during a four-month period from February 06 to June 11 and certain deaths had been mentioned twice.

The President said investigations had revealed that the death toll on June 11 was not 101 but only 15. The President asserted that accuracy when providing data is essential to make the right decisions. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Dr Sudath Samaraweera a scapegoat only. The government and the COVID-19 task force is fully responsible for the spike in COVID-19 situation as they DID NOT enforce a lock down before and during the Sinhala New Year. The media and TV reported huge crowd gatherings everywhere prior to the New Year and neither GMOA, or Its President Dr Padeniya, COVID-19 Task Force/ Army Commander, PHIs did not utter a word and requested government to take swift action. President and the government saw what was happening and they thought COVID-19 virus will also take a holiday during the period and did not take. Any action to impose a lock down. As a result of this lapse the COVID-19 came to a situation what is seen today. The responsibility for this lies with the COVID -19 Task Force, and the President. But Alas,! they have found a scape goat in Dr Sudath Samaraweera. Dr Padeniya spoke about a conspiracy., and he should get together with Wimal Weerawansa and discuss and identify all conspiracies.

    When talking about the death figure announcement of 101 persons they did mention 5at is not for that particular day but an adjustment. Yet professional has been punished for a sin he did Not commit.

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