Govt should remain vigilant over COVID-19: Namal

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Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa, yesterday called on the government to remain vigilant over the COVID-19 outbreak saying the virus had already spread to several countries, causing a severe impact on the global health and economic sectors.

Namal told Daily Mirror that while Sri Lanka had taken commendable efforts in preventing the spread of the virus, more preventive measures are needed to be taken as the virus was spreading beyond control.

"From China, the virus has spread to countries such as South Korea, Japan and even Italy. We have to remain vigilant while Chinese tourism decreased in Sri Lanka due to the coronavirus outbreak, Sri Lanka depends on the European markets, which has also now to a certain extent been hit by the virus," Namal said.

He said globally, countries needed to come together to strengthen preventive measures in order to minimize the spread of the virus globally and look at ways in how the global economy could also remain well protected.

Sri Lanka has so far reported one confirmed case of the coronavirus with the patient discharged last week after being successfully cured. Three suspected cases continue to seek treatment at the IDH and a local hospital, the Health Ministry said. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Sara Wednesday, 26 February 2020 08:43 AM

    Health minister.

    Sarath Wednesday, 26 February 2020 09:40 AM

    You are in the govt!

    Corry Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:40 AM

    Get rid of the viruses in Govt.!!!

    TONY Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:04 PM

    HE THINKS HE SHOULD MAKE SOME STATEMENT. HENCE HIS COMMENTS

    Boru Weda Wednesday, 26 February 2020 10:09 AM

    Trying to be Minister of Health , who knows nothing about health OR anything ! .

    cineha Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:19 AM

    we would like to hear you talking about Sri Lankan and Krish. COVID-19 is not your subject anyway.

    Joe A Wednesday, 26 February 2020 11:27 AM

    But people very vigilant regarding what would be your next step, to cover up the Srilankan airline commission ultimately land to you

    Ramon James Wednesday, 26 February 2020 12:08 PM

    Future prez ? he is the govt so he is addressing to comments to himself, what he should do is enlighten the public what measures hv been taken to prevent the virus, he is best advised to let our president to address such matters.......

    TONY Wednesday, 26 February 2020 12:26 PM

    YOU MUST ALSO BE VIGILANT OF THE GREED FOBIA OF THE RAJAPAKSHA REGIME. IT WILL NOT AFFECT THE PEOPLE DIRECT BUT IT WILL AFFECT THE PEOPLE WHEN THE COUNTRY SUFFERS

    Selfie Wednesday, 26 February 2020 12:35 PM

    Self appointed advisor to the Health Minstry ! .

    Massdeen Wednesday, 26 February 2020 12:57 PM

    Everyone knows it you coming forward and saying does not make sense go home and tell your family members

    kamal de silva Wednesday, 26 February 2020 01:10 PM

    as long as you avoid seeing women virus wont come to you

    Pg Wednesday, 26 February 2020 02:05 PM

    You and your family are the most deadliest virus that has effected our country

    vithura Wednesday, 26 February 2020 07:14 PM

    Can someone remind us all as to who let the Chinese in, in the first place

    Odin Wednesday, 26 February 2020 08:03 PM

    So what else is new???

    Umagliya Wednesday, 26 February 2020 09:49 PM

    why worry when treatment in Singapore is only a flight away for you and family at the expense of our tax payers while the poor and innocent people will suffer to death.

    Odin Thursday, 27 February 2020 10:15 AM

    Wise men talk because they have something to say, fools talk because they have to say something!!!


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