Prime Minister convinced Sri Lanka can overcome COVID19 threat
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is appealing to all Sri Lankans to come together to deal with the novel coronavirus threat.
In an address to the nation, the PM said that Sri Lanka is a nation that has faced greater challenges than this one.
“I am convinced that by coming together we can overcome this challenge,” he said.
He pointed out that the World Health Organisation has called the spread of COVID19 a “pandemic.”
He said the President and the government is taking measures to deal with the situation.
He said the Task Force on Coronavirus is dealing with all the matters arising from the issues.
“We have the medicine, and the Health Professionals to help you and we have a plan to counter this threat,” he went on to say.
As the government is dealing with the problem there is no need for you to panic, he said. “There are sufficient supplies of food, medicine, clothing and fuel. We will not run out of supplies.”
He called on Sri Lankans to help the authorities by not opposing the setting up of quarantine centres. He also appealed to Sri Lankans not to cold-shoulder people suffering from this illness.
“We must show our humanity,” Rajapaksa said.
He pledged that the government will not hide facts from the public. “Therefore I ask you not to get upset by the rumours spread on social media. That will not help,” he said.