Saturday March 21, 2020 06:40:06
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has urged the public to follow the advice of doctors and the government, after a weekend full day curfew was imposed to halt the spread of the Coronavirus.
“We have adequate stocks of food and drink, medicine and fuel for months,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said.
“There is no need to have any doubts in this regard. Our government will not hide anything from the public. It is for the safety of all of us that information about patients and the nature of the illness is quickly disclosed to the public.”
Sri Lanka has so far found over 70 confirmed cases while another 200 are in designated hospitals.
Concern has risen over the spread of the disease from people who returned from Italy and other countries who returned to the country before quarantine began.
Shortly before the curfew a patient admitted to hospital over a heart complaint who had contact with Italian returnees raised fears of exposure to fellow patients, visitors and medical staff.
“As I address you at this time, the entire country is under curfew,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said. “Even during the time when we fought against the worst terrorism of he world, we did not feel the need to impose a curfew throughout the country.
“We have taken this action for your safety and the safety of your children. “We regret any inconvenience this may cause you.
He urged the public to follow the advice of government and authorities.
“If you follow the advice of the doctors and government I am sure we can get rid of this epidemic very quickly.”