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No complete lockdown of Western Province, public urged not to panic: Army Commander

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The Western Province will not come under a complete lockdown during the festive season but areas where patients are reported will come under isolation till the situation is brought under control, Army Commander, Lt. General Shavendra Silva told Daily Mirror yesterday.

Following the isolation declared in the Hunupitiya Grama Niladhari Division of Slave Island, 60 Watta in the Cinnamon Gardens Police area and Kokila Road in Wellawatta from today morning, Silva said these areas had been put under a lockdown due to patients being reported and people in that area living in a congested environment.

He urged people in Colombo not to panic but to continue strictly adhering to the health guidelines.

“The situation is not out of control but it is always good to take all precautionary measures ,”silva said.

“If we find places where there are patients and where people are living in close proximity to each other, we will isolate those areas immediately to prevent further spread,” Silva added.

Authorities have now decided to isolate specific identified areas rather than a complete lockdown of entire police areas. Health authorities expect the number of patients to decrease by next week and the situation to come under control by the end of the month. However this will depend on the behaviour of the public, health officials said. PCR testing is also ongoing across the country to identify any new clusters.

If we find places where there are patients and where people are living in close proximity to each other, we will isolate those areas immediately to prevent further spread

With the festive season just days away, the Army Chief said they will review the situation next week and will decide if additional health guidelines have to be imposed to prevent public gathering unnecessarily.

However the entire Western province will not come under a lockdown, but areas where patients are reported will be immediately isolated. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Michael Ranasinghe Monday, 07 December 2020 07:07 AM

    We know how you said the same and without notice extended the curfew after appealing for people not to stock up excess food . It's a shame to say that we have to endure this type of nonsense in such a lovely country destroyed by your political masters .. you are a mere puppet on a string ..

    Premalal Perera Monday, 07 December 2020 08:23 AM

    It is easy to tell others not to panic when those who are regularly receiving an income tell the masses, most of whome are destitute to be indoors.

    Francis Monday, 07 December 2020 08:32 AM

    Situation ads for the reports is not satisfactory please limit the movement of people.

    BE FAIR Monday, 07 December 2020 08:34 AM

    I'll appreciate if you can just tell the TRUTH. Nothing else is sought

    Signal Monday, 07 December 2020 08:51 AM

    That is what you say now but on a Friday, you always do the opposite. You have become another joker now.

    FF Monday, 07 December 2020 09:50 AM

    WHY IS THE GOVT CLOSING SCHOOLS????

    Dee Monday, 07 December 2020 03:17 PM

    We will do whatever you say'Sar'!

    james henderson Tuesday, 08 December 2020 03:44 AM

    Lt General Shavendra Silva. Would this be the same man who is wanted internationally as a war criminal ?. Appointed to his position i believe by the last president who , due to his gross neglect of duty , caused the needless death of hundreds of innocent christians.

    Me Tuesday, 08 December 2020 08:36 AM

    Dont believe what this bugger says he will put a lockdown in western province close to Christmas and New year...

    Samson Tuesday, 08 December 2020 08:09 PM

    Lockdown once the pandemic reaches society


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