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Friday, 14 May 2021 01:24 GMT

Islandwide lockdown not ruled out if situation gets worse


(MENAFN - Colombo Gazette) The Government has not ruled out the possibility of an islandwide lockdown if the coronavirus situation gets worse in Sri Lanka.

Cabinet co-spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said that the task force dealing with the coronavirus pandemic discussed the enforcement of local areas lockdowns.

Rambukwella said the authorities are of the view that zonal and area-wise lockdowns are sufficient at present to curtail the spread of the virus.

However, Minister Rambukwella said the decision may change in the future depending on the situation in the country at that time.

“A different decision might be taken this evening or tomorrow. It will depend on the situation at the time,” he said.

He further insisted that Sri Lanka will not turn out like neighbouring India, which is currently facing a severe crisis due to the latest outbreak of COVID-19.

''The people of Sri Lanka are sensible, and we believe they will act in a responsible and sensible manner to prevent the further spread of the virus,'' the Minister said.

Commenting on the lifting of the isolation status imposed on the Piliyandala Police area, Cabinet co-spokesman Minister Ramesh Pathirana rejected claims it was lifted following political influence.

He told reporters today that decisions pertaining to isolation and lockdowns are taken by the National Operations Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 together with the health authorities.

Minister Pathirana said the decisions are taken solely by the health authorities, and no politician or area representative is involved in the decision-making process.

The entire Piliyandala Police area was placed under isolation on Sunday (02) morning, but was later revised to 10 Grama Niladhari Divisions.

It was reported that a certain Government MP was allegedly behind the decision to revise the isolation status. (Colombo Gazette)

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