ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s health officials told reporters today that Covid positive patients have been reported from “every district” on the island and issued a plea to the general public to follow their guidelines to help control the pandemic.
The head of the Epidemiological Unit of the Department of Health Services Dr Sudath Samaraweera said that the latest reports indicate that fresh cases of Covid 19 have been reported from every district in the country and the cooperation of the general public is vital in controlling the disease.
“Everybody has to be responsible, minimize travel and ensure that they wear masks when they leave their houses and at all times wash their hands,” he said.
The Deputy Director of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath who also addressed reporters said the public was given a 24-hour warning that quarantine curfew was being imposed on the Western Province for 3 days “so that they can obtain their necessities.”
“However they took that opportunity to go on trips outside the Province and that was an irresponsible act,” he said.
“Even if you have gone for important work please minimize your interactions with others as you may be spreading the disease,” Herath said.
Many headed for the resort city of Galle 3 hours from Colombo and Herath quipped that they should have been stopped at the Welipanna interchange and tested for Covid.
The holiday town of Nuwara Eliya in the hill country asked visitors from the Western Province not to come there for the long weekend.
The District Secretary, the top government administrator M B Pushpakumara said “More than 30 persons have been confirmed with Coronavirus so far.
“Usually large numbers of visitors come to Nuwara Eliya over the weekend. Due to the spread of Coronavirus coming to Nuwara Eliya is extremely risky” he added.
Epidemiologist Samaraweera said the spread of the virus in the city of Colombo was very rapid and warned people living in apartment blocks to refrain visiting their neighbours and mixing with other families. (Colombo, October 30, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana