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495 tonnes of masks worth over Rs.140 mn imported: Amaraweera

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While warning that there could be serious environmental damage in the future if face masks were not disposed of properly, Environment Minister Mahinda Amaraweera today revealed that 495 tons of masks had been imported between March 17 and October 31, 2020 costing Rs. 140 mn.

He said if masks were disposed of improperly the Covid 19 virus could spread into water bodies and would increase the infection in the future.

“The health sector has reported that about 100 companies have been approved to import 15 million KN 95 masks by the end of November, so the seriousness of the situation is understandable,” the Minister said.

Addressing a media briefing held at the Ministry, he said that several factories had been set up to manufacture face masks in the country and all these could create serious environmental problems in the future.

Meanwhile, Secretary to the Ministry, Dr Anil Jasinghe said that the Central Environmental Authority (CEA) had submitted a series of guidelines to local government bodies on the proper disposal of face masks.

However, it should be regulated by the Ministry of Health as to whether they were disposed of properly and in future the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Health would take steps to implement this mechanism extensively, he said.

Meanwhile, Himantha Randiva Wimalaratne, a student of Ananda College, Colombo, presented to the Minister a new invention that he claimed could destroy contaminants, including a face mask, which destroys the Covid 19 virus.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)


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  • HAHAHAA Wednesday, 09 December 2020 07:08 PM

    WE SHOULD DEMAND RESEARCH REPORTS FOR EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN!

    Kumar Wednesday, 09 December 2020 10:26 PM

    Didn't Sri Lanka export masks to the US. few months ago.

    TJ Wednesday, 09 December 2020 10:29 PM

    Our garments manufacturers are exporting while the government is importing

    ghty Wednesday, 09 December 2020 11:20 PM

    Utter liars who help US economy to improve whereby destroy our economy.

    Ram Thursday, 10 December 2020 02:20 AM

    When we import the good guys get their commission and the poor guys pay for it. Cheers!

    lion Thursday, 10 December 2020 04:48 AM

    boy how much commission the import got you.

    Elwyn Thursday, 10 December 2020 07:05 AM

    Someone got very rich! We export masks and then import more. What is this circus?

    H D Perera Thursday, 10 December 2020 04:21 PM

    Ha ha ha every tom dick and harry are importing masks and selling with huge margins, a mask frm china would cost only 7LKR, so everyone keeps importing and sell bulk with huge margins, and many are brought by big guns or their relatives, you guys approve them and now say XXXX number of tons are imported wht da hec, can you bring a law ???


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