Written by Staff Writer
03 May, 2021 | 6:33 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st); Health authorities in Piliyandala claim they were unaware of lifting the isolation status on the entire Piliyandala Police area.
“Our request from the Director-General of Health Services was to place a lockdown on the entire Piliyandala area,” said Dr. Samanthika Wijeusndara, the Medical Officer for Health for Kesbewa.
On the 01st of May 2021, the Piliyandala Police area in the Colombo District was placed in isolation, however, on Monday (03) morning, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva stated that steps were taken to revise the isolation imposed on the Piliyandala Police area.
Following areas were placed in isolation from 05 AM on Monday, May 03
Piliyandala Police area:
1. Gorakapitiya 584 (already isolated)
2. Nampamunuwa 584 A (already isolated)
3. Dhampe 566
4. Batakeththara North 565
5. Pelanwatta West 582 A
6. Kesbewa south 572A
7. Pelanwatta East 582B
8. Makandana East 569
9. Mawiththara North 586A
10. Madapatha 567
Kesbewa Urban Council Member Chamara Maddumakaluge from the JVP speaking to reporters alleged the decision on isolation was revised following a meeting at the residence of Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge on the 02nd of May.
Lakshman Nipunarachchi, a former JVP Provincial Council member alleged there were COVID-19 infections at the residence of the minister and a meeting with local health authorities took place in such a backdrop.
“We can assume the revision was made to benefit businesses of close associates,” said Nipunarachchi.
However, Transport Minister Gamini Lokuge claimed that according to intelligence reports, there was no requirement to place the entire area in isolation.
“Market vendors cannot trade when there is a lockdown. Therefore I requested for some relief for them,” said the Minister adding he appeared for the needs of the people and did not exert any form of pressure on the officials.
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