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Lockdown not yet considered to tackle COVID-19: Pavithra

The government is currently not prepared to implement a complete lockdown over the COVID-19 outbreak, due to several practical issues, Health Minister Pavithra Vanniarachchi said.

Addressing a media briefing held at the National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid-19, Vanniarachchi said that a complete lockdown would have a serious impact on the daily lives of the public.

There are many people, especially in the Ratnapura District, who engage in daily labour work. Hence, if a 14-day lockdown were to be imposed, those people would starve, she added.

Minister Vanniarachchi said that taking this situation into consideration, it was decided during a meeting with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, yesterday, not to implement a complete lockdown at this point.

However, the minister said that it was decided to enforce restrictions on certain high-risk areas in order to contain the virus.

Vanniarachchi said that a military officer had contracted the Coronavirus while on duty at the airport, when a group of persons who returned from Italy had behaved in an unruly manner. Therefore, she said that while the government has taken all measures to contain the epidemic and minimise the impact on the larger population, it is also the responsibility of the public to act in a responsible manner and refrain from spreading the virus.

Hence, she urged people to cooperate with health authorities and follow their instructions in order to prevent the spread of the virus.


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