Sri Lanka president calls for random testing construction sites, densely populated areas for Coronvirus

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has called or random testing of construction sites, three wheeler, the main vegetable market in Colombo as well as densely population areas, his office said.

President Rajapaksa had met an ant-Covid task force on Monday.

“The President stressed the significance of randomly inspecting highly populated areas as well as buses, three-wheelers, construction sites and the Manning market,” his office said in a statement.

“In order to prevent further spreading of the virus, the need to enlighten people living in congested areas was also discussed.”

Sri Lanka is re-opening the country after extinguishing many clusters found after a symptomatic index case turned up in hospital.

But until later April there was no strategy to discover asymptomatic patient or randomly test frontline workers leading to a large cluster developing in the Navy.

Many such gaps have now been plugged with a new alogorithm, health officials said.

President Rajapaksa had also called for an inquiry into a sudden spike in cases in Keselwatter and the Navy the statement said.