Sri Lanka should be prepared to face a possible second wave of COVID-19 pandemic without delay, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said today.
Speaking during a gathering at UNP Headquarters Sirikotha today, Mr. Wickremesinghe said the government did not seemed to have focused on it.
“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took several steps to control the first wave of COVID-19. UNP also came up with some proposals which were accepted by the government. The pandemic was successfully controlled due to this reason. Some accused us of getting into deals with the government. We only intervened on behalf of the people,” Mr. Wickremesinghe said.
“There was an opportunity to bring in a new legislation to control COVID-19. We, in the UNP made several proposals in this regard. We called for the increase of testing. This was ignored,” he added.
“Sri Lanka should ready itself to stand up to a possible second wave even at this moment. Health is a major issue faced by the Sri Lankan people currently. It is also a major issue for other countries as well. It is everyone’s duty to prevent a second wave. UK is greatly affected by COVID-19. It is questionable whether the UK could get out of this crisis. How could Sri Lanka get out of it if a country like the UK is unable to get out of it?” the former Premier questioned.
“The second wave has already been found in the USA and in China. Over 100,000 have died of COVID-19 in the USA, despite claims made by President Trump that it was not a major issue. It is also spreading in New Delhi and Mumbai and rampant in some parts of Europe. Some parts of the UK have gone into a lockdown once again. The WHO had warned of a second wave,” he cautioned.
The Former Prime Minister then questioned about how Sri Lanka had utilized the funds received from the WHO. “The government received these funds at a time when it went on saying there were no funds to carry out testing. WHO claimed that it had given US$ 230 million to Sri Lanka. However, Minister of Health claimed the government only received US$ 1.9 million. Government should come up with a clarification on it.
Mr. Wickremesinghe also said it was not fair to blame the navy for the COVIV-19 spread in Sri Lanka and said the sailors were not given protective equipment.(Yohan Perera)
Perhaps concentrate on the Central Bank bond scam and sort that mess out first!
Johan Thursday, 02 July 2020 12:07 AM
First wave against Srikotha finished now second
Wave is on move must get ready.
Hiran Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:10 AM
Sajith has already organised many waves for you. You will need a place to hide.
A Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:43 AM
I think the wave has hit you already u arr nuts
Sambo Thursday, 02 July 2020 08:46 AM
From politics to health. did politics let you down or you let it down.
Sokrates Thursday, 02 July 2020 09:07 AM
As one can see from the comments here, the people of Sri Lanka are so stupid that it cannot be described. They won't believe the danger until they die in front of a hospital because it's overcrowded with corona patients. There is no testing in this country (not even half a percent of the population has been tested), otherwise the number of infected people can no longer be kept secret. The Rajapaksa Mafia clan and its military go over dead bodies because of the election.
Sando Thursday, 02 July 2020 11:25 AM
You only wish Doom. There will be no second wave here.
Sri Lankan Thursday, 02 July 2020 11:37 AM
6 August second wave will totally wipe you out this time.Be cautioned and get ready now.
P Daniel Thursday, 02 July 2020 12:10 PM
Very valid questions raised by RW on very low testing rate and what happened to the money given by WHO.
nadisha Thursday, 02 July 2020 01:37 PM
Yes. but people are so blinded by party and colour they cannot see whats under their very nose. typical frog in the well sri lankans!
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