ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the public to follow the advice of doctors and the government after a curfew covering the entire weekend was imposed to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.
“We have adequate stocks of food and drink, medicine and fuel for months,” the Prime Minister said.
“There is no need to have any doubts in this regard. Our government will not hide anything from the public. It is for the safety of all of us that information about patients and the nature of the illness is quickly disclosed to the public.”
Sri Lanka has so far found over 70 confirmed cases while another 200 are under observation in designated hospitals.
Officials are concerned over the spread of the disease from people who returned from Italy and other countries before mandatory quarantine began.
Shortly before the curfew went into effect a patient admitted to hospital over a heart complaint who had contact with Italian returnees raised fears of exposure to fellow patients, visitors and medical staff.
“As I address you at this time, the entire country is under curfew,” Rajapaksa said. “Even during the time when we fought against the most dreaded terrorists in the world, we didn’t need to impose a curfew throughout the country.”
“We have taken this action for your safety and the safety of your children. We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.”
He urged the public to follow the advice of government and authorities.
“If you follow the advice of the doctors and government I am sure we can get rid of this epidemic very quickly.”
The public has been urged to stay indoors, wash hands for over 20 seconds with soap often, and inform health authorities if they have fever, cough or breathing difficulties.
In Vietnam ‘Patient 86’, a Nurse was also admitted to Bach Mai’s Heart Institute, over chest pains with no coughing or fever, was treated and discharged. She was later found to have Coronavirus when tested for the disease because a colleague and friend was confirmed with COVID19. (Colombo/Mar21/2020)