Written by Pavani Hapuarachchi
15 May, 2020 | 11:49 am
COLOMBO (News 1st): The spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka has been controlled by up to 90%, but it is too early to decide on a definite date on when all restrictions can be eased, Director General of Health Services told News 1st.
“There are no COVID-19 clusters in the society in Sri Lanka at present, all the cases that are being confirmed at present are from quarantine facilities,” Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Director General of Health Services, told News 1st on Thursday (May 15th).
In a short interview with News 1st on Thursday, Dr. Jasinghe emphasized that the spread of COVID-19 in the country can be controlled by continuing to follow health guidelines collectively.
“We have currently opened the country partially, however, in the future the airport will also be opened. Therefore, to further prevent the spread of COVID-19, everyone has a responsibility to follow the practice of good hygiene habits, social distancing and other health instructions,” said Dr. Jasinghe.
He noted this needs to come from everyone equally; “public sector employees, private sector employees, businessmen, those who stay at home, everybody must follow health instructions.”
According to Dr. Jasinghe although Sri Lanka is progressing towards opening the country completely, it is too early to decide on a definite date on when all restrictions can be eased.
Commenting on the upcoming General Elections, Dr. Jasinghe said Health authorities are ready to provide necessary guidelines and support the decisions of the National Elections commission.
“I have appointed three officers representing the Ministry of Health to consult with the National Elections Commission and provide guidance and assistance in making decisions related to the upcoming elections,” told Dr. Jasinghe.
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