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Strictly follow COVID -19 prevention health guidelines - Chief Epidemiologist

Dr. Sudath Samaraweera
Dr. Sudath Samaraweera

Legal action will be taken against individuals and institutions not adhering to health guidelines issued to prevent COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said.

Addressing a press conference held at the Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) in Colombo, he said that all health guidelines issued to prevent COVID-19 should be strictly followed by citizens and all State and Private institutions for a long time until a vaccine is available for the disease.

"But it seems by now the fear has vanished from the Sri Lankan public while some institutions ignore following health guidelines putting Sri Lanka at risk," he said.

Dr. Samaraweera said it was possible for a person who underwent 14 day compulsory quarantine and got a negative PCR Test Result to develop COVID-19 and that is why health authorities recommend another 14 days of home quarantine period for them. But some individuals run away from quarantine centres putting the entire country at risk. Some individuals go to the rooms of others in Quarantine Centres without obeying rules and regulations.

Dr. Samaraweera pointed out that all should wear masks in public at all times covering both their nose and mouth and not only mouth. People should keep one metre minimum distance in public and wash hands with soap and water for 30 seconds. A standard hand sanitizer should be used whenever soap and water is not available. This is the only way of protecting the victory achieved in Sri Lanka when some countries in the world became full with overflowing ICUs and Corona patients.

“It is the sole responsibility of Institutional Heads to make sure that their respective institutions follow all health guidelines all the time. Some organisations are organising huge public events which are not recommended at all. People, especially elders and those who suffer from chronic diseases should always avoid visiting public places and crowded places. It is not recommended to hold any big events that attract large crowds,” he added.

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