Situation in Colombo is dangerous: Colombo Mayor warns

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Colombo Mayor Rosy Senanayake has warned that the situation in Colombo is serious with the Covid-19 death toll increasing and more people being infected.

The recent coronavirus deaths and infections have mostly been from the Colombo District.

Ms. Senanayake has appealed to retired Public Health Inspectors (PHI) to return to service and has also spoken to the Medical Faculty to obtain the services of interns to support the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC).

The recent coronavirus deaths and infections have mostly been from the Colombo District.

Ms. Senanayake has appealed to retired Public Health Inspectors (PHI) to return to service and has also spoken to the Medical Faculty to obtain the services of interns to support the Colombo Municipal Council (CMC).

“I think this is as serious as it can be. Every one of us should have this mindset where we take this as a serious issue. When we conduct 991 PCR tests a day and detect 249 positive cases, it is a serious issue. You know, even if you have five positive cases in a city, I look at it as a serious issue. The whole problem right now is that people don’t take this seriously,” she told the Daily Mirror in an interview.

She said that the government, together with the CMC, is taking every effort to try and control the situation in Colombo.

“And we are in a state where we have actually come to a controlling level where we don’t see an increase, but it’s static, but it hasn’t also gone down at the same time.

So I think every one of us should have this mindset to know that Covid-19 is a pandemic, it’s a global pandemic, and it’s a very serious issue,” she said.

She also said that the CMC has secured the support of the private sector and foreign donors to help deal with the pandemic.

Ms Senanayake said that the CMC has been offered 5,000 sanitary packs for women from Australia Aid through the Family Planning Association, dignity packs for women from USAID, 100, 000 medical surgical masks from the Chengdu Municipal People’s Government, KF94 face masks from the Seoul Metropolitan Government, gloves and masks from the Shanghai Municipal Government, medical equipment from Taipei City Government and air purifiers from Singapore. (EASWARAN RUTNAM)

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  • Ram Monday, 30 November 2020 09:11 AM

    You take it seriously but not the Covid 19 team led by the Army

    kumar Monday, 30 November 2020 09:21 AM

    We are a country blessed with a different environment and if handled appropriately could successfully eradicate the virus. We need positive thinking and new initiative,

    joshua Monday, 30 November 2020 09:34 AM

    If this is true, is the army commander in a different world?

    Ronnie Bugger Monday, 30 November 2020 10:19 AM

    Being a lay person despite her position, the Mayoress appear to be taking positive steps to safeguard Colombo as far as possible rather than those stupid GMO(TU) - Trade Unionists who think they are 'pundits', especially its' so called Editor by showing their glum faces in front of the mike and camera, simply reading off statistics from a sheet of paper.

    Selvakumar Monday, 30 November 2020 10:27 AM

    Ms.sanaayaka again plan in to look down Colombo majar city, why don't want take any action again health ministry, because it's major mistake them !!!

    Dr. Raj Viythiyanathan Monday, 30 November 2020 10:27 AM

    Very good idea, but who is going to implement it and who is going to work on it? You or the Government?

    Moorthy Badulla Monday, 30 November 2020 10:29 AM

    Forget the political colors and listen to the mayoress and save the Colombo city.

    Clement Shockman Monday, 30 November 2020 10:31 AM

    Govt. is not active this time, only you are concerned madam. Better put the matters to the President, he is the only channel, non others.

    Dean Russel Monday, 30 November 2020 10:32 AM

    You are too smart..... good madam, play the triumph card now itself.

    Jayantha J Monday, 30 November 2020 10:34 AM

    Sit and work with Sajith. He can achieve the goals in action not by words.

    APPEAL TO MAYOR Monday, 30 November 2020 10:36 AM

    Rightly the Mayor is concerned. We keep away from the CMC on matters of seeking approvals to plan, re-submitting any corrections needed - and due to this epidemic we cannot do so and keep to time limits imposed by the planning divsions and other divisions of the CMC. Please, madam, kindly issue an order that for the moment the the time limits stipulated by CMC is on hold till further notice.

    Anton Weerasinghe Monday, 30 November 2020 11:11 AM

    Rosy the government will not hear your plea, as u are in the opposite camp

    Dee Monday, 30 November 2020 12:46 PM

    You don't have to worry. Our 'Sar' and his brave team will take care of this! After all the issues are with the Minuwangoda and Peliyagoda'identified cluster' . As there is no other cluster brave 'Sar' will take care of us!

    Kelum Srimal Monday, 30 November 2020 01:09 PM

    very sad situation. I work in the hotels. Yesterday there was a party at Monarch Thalawathugoda. Mr Ajith Rohana and the Minister of Law was also there. There was a huge number of participants. No control at all. At the end the party went fine and the Mr Ajith Rohana mentioned dont put photos in Facebook laughing.. Everyone enjoyed and went home. This is a very sad situation. The law is different for people with big money.

    Jay Jay Monday, 30 November 2020 02:58 PM

    Last time you said that the CMC workers were saved because you gave them koththamalli. If that claim still stands true, why are you not giving koththamalli to all the highly congested areas in Colombo and control this? Why are you sitting in your high chair and complaining?

    Gotslaw Monday, 30 November 2020 03:13 PM

    Health minister was seen with a muttia near kelani Ganga, President Gots was in mahara doing human sacrifice like in the andare app U days. Chineese are collecting organs for exports. Ccp style. More dead more kidneys to sell.


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