Western Province isolated as of midnight tonight on President’s orders – Army Chief

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

ECONOMYNEXT – President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has ordered that all entrances and exits from the Western Province be closed from midnight tonight until November 15 Army Commander Lt Gen Shavendra Silva said.

At a meeting held at the Presidential Secretariat today November 11, the President had said that officials should take “necessary steps to prevent movements from the Western Province where the majority of the COVID infected were identified to other parts of the country,” a statement issued by his office said.

President Rajapaksa had emphasized that special attention should be paid to protect those who are suffering from non-communicable diseases from COVID – 19 virus.

Medical experts point out that 93pct of the COVID deaths reported in past few days in Sri Lanka, as well as in other countries was due to the infection by coronavirus of people suffering from non-communicable diseases, the statement said.

“People with heart ailments, diabetes, kidney problems and cancer are more vulnerable to infect with the virus. Most of the deaths have occurred without displaying symptoms of COVID and subsequent PCR tests confirmed that they were COVID infected” the President had pointed out.

At today’s meeting, the President held with the Covid Prevention Task Force the progress of control, measures to be taken, areas to be studied to protect people and to ensure their overall health security in the event of the emergence of similar viruses in the future were also discussed at length.

While recognizing hardships faced by the people in accessing major hospitals, the President emphasized that regional dispensaries system across the country should be made fully functional as soon as possible. He also said that required resources such as doctors, nurses, midwives and other staff should be provided to these dispensaries expeditiously.

“It should be continuously monitored whether the parties involved in the delivery of goods to isolated areas are following correct mechanisms. President said no one should be allowed to enter or leave these designated areas,” the statement said.

Current situation at prisons and measures taken to prevent further spread of the diseases was also discussed at length.

(Colombo November 11, 2020)
Reported by Arjuna Ranawana

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