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Threat remains for another month - Minister

The threat of Coronavirus will remain for about another month but we have to take the necessary precautions. However, we should not fear and discriminate against anyone out of fear. The Goverment will not be complacent and would take every measure to protect the country and the people from the Coronavirus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appreciated the measures taken by Sri Lanka to prevent Coronavirus infections, said Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi.

The Minister was addressing a press conference at the Health Ministry Auditorium in Colombo yesterday.

Minister Wanniarachchi was all praise for the SriLankan Airlines staff and members of various other professional organisations who contributed to the ‘operation’ of bringing back the Sri Lankan students in Wuhan. “They are National Heroes whose children should be treated with honour and respect, Minister Wanniarachchi said. She said the country is greatly indebted to them for their bravery. We ask the Principals of private schools to treat their children well.

“Sri Lankans are brave and they have repeatedly proved it during our long and proud history. Sri Lanka is the only country in the world which totally eradicated a terrorist war. Therefore, we have to encourage our citizens and appreciate their heroic acts. We have to protect and support their children, Minister Wanniarachchi added.

National Action Committee meets daily on preventive measures

Sri Lanka has taken stringent measures to protect the country and keep it free of the Coronavirus infection, Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.

Addressing a press conference at the Health Ministry Auditorium in Colombo yesterday, she said that the National Action Committee appointed under the direction of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa meets daily and has taken adequate steps to prevent Coronavirus infections in Sri Lanka.

 Accordingly, three persons had been appointed in order to ensure the safety of the BIA. The Minister said Respiratory Infections Control Unit Director Dr. Hemantha Herath has been appointed as the responsible authority for the BIA. Assistant Immigration and Emigration Controller Sujeewa Rathnayake, Deputy Manager of BIA Lalith Weerasinghe and Disaster Management Officer Dr. Lalinda Kuruppu have been appointed to assist Dr. Herath.

This Committee meets daily at the BIA on the latest developments and preventive measures measures needed to contain the situation.

“Upto now only one Coronavirus positive case (a female Chinese tourist) has been detected and she is expected to be discharged from hospital soon after receiving her final medical test report. She is in good health now.

There are around 20 suspected patients at verious hospitals by now.

The patients warded at Rathnapura hospital had been discharged,” Minister Wanniarachchi said.

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