Colombo, August 12 (NewsWire) – The Government must take necessary measures to curtail the movement of the public as the next two weeks are crucial for Sri Lanka with regard to the coronavirus pandemic, Academic and Physician, senior Professor Arjuna de Silva said.
Speaking during a programme hosted by Ada Derana, the Professor said weddings, funerals, and gyms must not be permitted to operate during this period and must be suspended.
He said measures must be taken to prevent the spread of the virus at places that have been identified as hotspots for the spread of the coronavirus.
The people must refrain from venturing outdoors, while the Government must use this opportunity to take all necessary measures to improve the current situation of the country, Professor Arjuna de Silva said.
Stating that the Government need not impose a lockdown, he said they should implement the ‘lock-up’ system.
He further explained that if a lockdown cannot be imposed due to certain reasons then at least a lock-up should be implemented with managements of institutions being vested with powers to impose their own restrictions.
Professor Arjuna de Silva hinted humourously that the districts remain in place, while all the people from the various areas are continuing to travel, despite attempts to impose travel restrictions.
He further said that a unit that operates 24/7 must be established to obtain real-time details of the current Covid situation at any given time.
Pointing out that this is not difficult to implement, Professor de Silva said many people who are knowledgeable in this aspect are currently at home and if a plan is drafted in this regard with their involvement then they will create the platform in one or two days.
He said many experts in this field have not been involved in the process, adding that their involvement will help defeat the battle against COVID-19 and that the failure to create a system to collect data will result in the failure to contain the situation.
Professor Arjuna de Silva further warned that the next two weeks will have a crucial impact on the future of the country, stating that Sri Lanka has reached a highly dangerous situation.
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