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PHIs warn of critical time in coming weeks in terms of Covid-19

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While blaming the Health Ministry officials providing false picture about Covid-19 situation to the politicians, the Public Health Inspectors (PHI) Union yesterday warned of a considerable spike in Covid-19 cases in the coming weeks.

Speaking to Daily Mirror, Union's Chairman Upul Rohana said the Government did not heed to warnings when the PHIs urged the Government to restrict movement or lock-down high-risk areas during the festive season.

“Now, the situation has almost gone out of hand and it is the people who have to pay the price for that. There is no option other than ensuring individual safety,” he highlighted.

He also said the Covid-19 cases which were limited only to the Western Province by the latter part of the last year, could now be found in all the districts including Trincomalee, Galle, Matara, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala and Puttalam etc.

“There are also cases being reported in the country with no visible origin, which is a sign that Sri Lanka has reached the community transmission level,” he pointed out.

Meanwhile, Mr. Rohana stressed that officials in the Ministry of Health and other authorities related to health provided a false picture of the Covid-19 situation in the country to the politicians.

“That’s why, proper actions have not been taken at the correct time. These officials provide such false details due to the fear that they may lose their positions. However, it is their duty to alert the politicians about the actual Covid situation in the country,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Andrew Silva Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:45 AM

    It is unfortunate that our leaders our regulated with cash in mind, not in the case of covid 19 only but in every espect of day to day life. Till our beautiful country runs down the gurgler.

    Nelum Rajapakshe Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:50 AM

    Gota and the government should take full responsibility of this situation. When he wanted to get elected he controlled it and showed a false picture to the people. Sri Lankans who are such fools and idiots believed him as always. Now they pay the price.

    Michael Ranasinghe Wednesday, 20 January 2021 06:52 AM

    Well there is nothing new in what they say . The false sense of positivity is sold to people by a regime that has failed miserably . Whether it is Covid or the economy they show that everything is rosy when it's rotting at the core .

    Premalal Perera Wednesday, 20 January 2021 07:20 AM

    We in between a rock and a hard place. Lock down and the people other than the government servants and the rich starve, open up and the infection spreads. The government is like a deer caught in a headlight, has no clue.

    Sokrates Wednesday, 20 January 2021 08:02 AM

    It is criminal how the ruling mafia clan and its military henchmen ignore the rapid spread of the corona virus. It is inhuman and deadly. All these criminals put their economic self-interest above the health of the population. It can therefore be assumed that these fellons have been secretly vaccinated for several weeks. Furthermore, it can be assumed that a human life is worthless for this nefarious gang, as they proved during and after the war.

    ANTON Wednesday, 20 January 2021 08:33 AM

    PLEASE . DON'T SPEAK TRUTH , SOMETIMES YOU ALSO MIGHT BE SENT TO JAIL LIKE THEY DID TO RANJAN.

    RoaringCreek Wednesday, 20 January 2021 08:38 AM

    Every week these guys keep saying the same thing. Set of jokers. Now the big clown is missing in action . Get down the vaccine and start vaccinating. That is the way out as it now a community spread.

    Dr. Scrudge Wednesday, 20 January 2021 09:43 AM

    Personal Safety is the key. Money for testing is a waste. Treat those infected.

    Asanka Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:20 AM

    This is not true. Testing is very important, so infected can be treated. But no one wants to get tested, because you will get locked up in a horrible quarantaine centre

    Roshanaly Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:15 AM

    You all are more busy on testing the dead bodies.

    Borat Wednesday, 20 January 2021 10:28 AM

    Your the one who said Sinhala new year ruined because of Muslims maybe now your worried it will be ruined this year because of the majority population?

    Saras Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:05 AM

    This is not the time to show the political power but all of us get together and try to protect this country from the spread of this virus. Govt must get more hotels and guest houses that are idling for the best use of isolation at a reasonable affordable price.

    foolish sinheleya Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:17 AM

    this government,or the former government is corrupt.they do not care for the Volk.this government is full of corrupt patriotic lawmakers .god bless the rajapakse clan.

    lal Wednesday, 20 January 2021 11:40 AM

    As per the this statement I too agreed what being written All the high level staff are scared to the politicians and make them satisfied they given wrong information's now this being spared to most of the city's

    Labby Wednesday, 20 January 2021 12:33 PM

    This news article sounds as though the politicians did not know. How come? The head of the Health Ministry is a government Minister, and they have regular cabinet meetings. What do they talk during that time.., all praises on His Excellency the President, or what? What a shameful situation we are in; the government pretending to be ignorant of the extent of the Pandemic.

    Bernard Wednesday, 20 January 2021 05:33 PM

    From the onset if COVID-19, the Ministry of Health has been painting a rosy picture of the pandemic giving scant disregsrd to requests from officials at the bottom to contain it with a view to becoming self-made heroes and a heroine.


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