Lockdown unlikely during Avurudu, but public urged to exercise caution
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has yet to decide on imposing lockdowns and movement restrictions during the coming National New Year in April, though authorities have stressed on the importance of adhering to hygiene protocols.
Army chief Gen Shavendra Silva who heads the country’s national task force on the pandemic warned today that, since a number of variants of the virus have been detected in Sri Lanka, certain measures will need to be taken to contain a possible future wave if the public behaves irresponsibly.
“We saw an increase in COVID-19 cases in December and the vacation period that followed. Numbers also went up in January and February. Health authorities believe it was the behaviour of the public that contributed the most to this. So if we can minimse festivals and gatherings in the Avurudu season, we may see positive results in the coming months,” he said.
Silva added that guidelines with regard to hygiene protocol in the New Year will be released to the public soon.
Meanwhile, Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Union Chairman Upul Rohana told a private TV station today that a lockdown during the New Year may prove detrimental to an already battered economy.
“Restricting movements in the present economic climate may not be practical. The people must adhere to health guidelines and behave responsibly to prevent a future wave,” he said. (Colombo/Mar17/2021)