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Sri Lanka President Gotabaya Rajapaksa seeks expert opinion on fighting Covid-19

DESERTED: Sri Lanka’s Kelaniya Temple during a nation-wide curfew imposed to stop the spread of Covid-19.

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has sought expert opinion on fighting Coronavirus, while the country is under curfew to stop its spread and progress is been made in contact tracing.

“The specialists pointed out the importance of conducting investigations on groups that were in close contact with infected persons and who have had contacts in two stages further,” the President’s office said.

Doctors said that further strengthening of the existing quarantine process is the most effective approach to prevent the spread of the virus,” the President’s office said.

“The experts stressed the importance of protecting areas where the virus has not spread into. They were of the view that spread of the virus to those areas as a result of travelling by the people from the affected areas should be stopped.”

Doctors have said to use face masks when travelling outside (Health authorities in other countries have advocated maintaining 6 feet distance, especially if two people are talking), wash hands regularly and avoid touching the face mask.

Secretary to the President, P.B. Jayasundara, Chief Adviser of the President, LalithWeeratunga, Secretary Defence Major Gen (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne, Chief of Defense staff and Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva, Acting Inspector General of Police , C.D. Wickramaratne were at the meeting.

Former Governor Seetha Arambepola, Director General of Health Services Anil Jasinghe, Specialist doctors VajiraSenaratne, Ananda Wijewickrama, M C Weerasinghe, Prasad Katulanda, Kumuduni Ranathunga, Amitha Fernando, Indika Lanerolle, Jude Samantha, Professors Sarath Jayasinghe, Arjuna de Silva, Neelika Malavige, Vajira Dissanayake, Ranjani Gamage had also participated. (Colombo/Apr10/2020)

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