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‘public transport not following ‘New Normal’’

The biggest issue in managing the health guidelines of the ‘New Normal’ lies in the public transport service, Health Services Director-General Dr. Anil Jasinghe said.

He said that those involved in the sector should make sure that passengers are not in excess in their vehicles; their numbers should be no higher than the number of seats available.

“This is a must in COVID-19 control. There shouldn’t be anyone standing in public transportation vehicles, and people travelling to work should be given priority,” he said.

Dr. Jasinghe pointed out that these measures were necessary to face the COVID-19 situation, and that all passengers should wear face masks. No one should forget about the pandemic, he added.

Nearly 2,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests are done per day, and on some days, they exceed this number. When new cases are found from the Navy, they are immediately quarantined for 14 days, he said.

However, at present, that matter is under control; around 5,000 Naval personnel and their families have been sent home after completing quarantine procedures, he added.

All health guidelines pertaining to the ‘New Normal’ can be found on the Health Ministry’s website: www.health.gov.lk, Dr. Jasinghe said.

He added that all state and private institutions, as well as other organisations, should download them and make the required arrangements before carrying out their services.

However, they must also obtain permission from their respective Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) and Local Government Bodies for the purpose, the Health Services Director-General added. 


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