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In telephone call with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa

WHO Chief lauds Sri Lanka’s COVID-19 response

World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has praised the Sri Lankan Government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak in a telephone call with President  Gotabaya Rajapaksa and a subsequent Twitter post.

The WHO Director General and Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa discussed the latest developments related to the outbreak of COVID-19 during the phone conversation.

In a Twitter message, the WHO Director General said he thanked President Rajapaksa for mobilizing the whole of Government in the fight against the COVID-19.

“I had a good call with @GotabayaR , President of #SriLanka, on #COVID19 today. We discussed health and economic impacts #COVID19 can have on his country and the whole region.”

“I thanked him for mobilizing the whole-of-government in the fight against the #coronavirus. Together!,” he tweeted.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, in response, thanked the Director General for his support to Sri Lanka and the immense work being done by the World Health Organization to contain the global pandemic.

He added that the Sri Lankan Government will continue to collaborate with the WHO to bring the COVID-19 pandemic under control.

“Thank you Director General @DrTedros for your support to #LKA and the immense work being done by @WHO in the global pandemic caused by #COVID-19. We will continue to collaborate with @WHO to bring it under control,” the President tweeted in response. 

Sri Lanka was one of the first countries to take pro-active steps against the Coronavirus, well before it was declared a pandemic by the WHO. Sri Lanka has used its powerful quarantine laws and the well-established free healthcare system to take all measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic. The authorities reported 146 confirmed cases in the country by last evening.  Last night, global infections exceeded the 900,000 mark, with 190,000 in the US alone. More than 185,000 people have fully recovered from the viral disease.  In a globally televised news conference last night, the WHO Chief said the world must come together to fight the rapidly escalating pandemic, which is expected to pass the grim milestone of one million cases over the next few days

 

 

WHO Chief thanks President for mobilizing the whole government against Coronavirus - (12:30)

Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called on President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to discuss the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on Sri Lanka and the region.

The WHO Chief tweeted,

“I had a good call with Gotabaya Rajapaksa, President of Sri Lanka, on COVID19 today. We discussed health and economic impacts COVID19 can have on his country and the whole region,”

The tweet also thanked President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for mobilizing the whole government in the fight against the coronavirus.

Responding to the tweet the President Rajapaksa thanked the WHO Chief for his support to Sri Lanka.

 

 


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