ECONOMYNEXT – A vital agricultural exchange in central Sri Lanka has been re-opened to maintain the fresh produce supplies to the island, despite several wholesale shops and the surrounding town being hit by Coronavirus.
“The Dambulla Economic Centre is a very important place in the country,” Chief Epidemiologist, Sudath Samaraweera told reporters.
“Many come from there form different areas in the country. Therefore if a single infected person enters the centre, everyone will be in danger”
“We have to follow health guidelines all the time keeping in mind that we are not opening it in a situation where the there are no cases.”
The Dambulla Economic Centre was first on April 27 following the discovery of Coronavirus, but was opened to help farmers sell their produce.
Sri Lanka’s Mawbima newspaper quoted Dambulla Mayor Jaliya Opatha as saying that infections were found in 47 wholesale shops so far and all the shops in the city has been closed till further notice.
The situation in his city has become serious (barapathala) he said.
The newspaper quoted a public health inspector as saying that on May 04; about 90 patients confirmed with Covid-19 were at home waiting for a hospital bed.
Reports said a day earlier there were 32 patients waiting for confirmation. (Colombo/May05/2021)