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New variant: Health Ministry urges people to be extra vigilant


16 February 2021 10:40 am - 10     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


In the wake of COVID-19 cases belonging to the new variant being detected in the country, the Health Ministry requested people to restrict movement and follow health guidelines by being extra vigilant.  

Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr Hemantha Herath told the media that as the new variant is highly transmissible, it was essential to adhere to health guidelines and restrict movements.

“We urge people not to organise functions and parties unnecessarily. When weddings and funerals are held, people are requested to wear a mask and maintain social distancing,” Dr Herath said.

Moreover, he requested people living in areas specially  in the coastal areas where foreign tourists visit not to mingle with them. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 10

  • Sokrates Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:10 PM

    To restrict movements you have to implement a lock down.

    shane croner Tuesday, 16 February 2021 12:25 PM

    can we have a list of hotels in all three languages that tourist are permitted to visit. How do we know if a foreigner is a tourist or a resident . He could also be a Sri Lankan who is a non resident or dual citizen visiting

    GrandRapids Tuesday, 16 February 2021 01:22 PM

    The airports are opened and the quarantine periods are reduced for tourist. What the hell is this old hog talking about?

    Nilesha Silva Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:05 PM

    Tighten the rules. Otherwise people will never learn. If we continue with the rules imposed earlier, the situation would be worse.

    Nadun Marasinghe Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:06 PM

    No need of asking people to be extra vigilant. Let people feel their negligence. They took the guidelines for granted.

    Gokula Chamath Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:08 PM

    Why these officials can’t tell the truth of the current situation, don’t hide but reveal the actual situation.

    Joshua Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:22 PM

    will you shut up?

    prabath uduwella Tuesday, 16 February 2021 02:23 PM

    Who is responsible for new variant in sri lanka? Is it Udayanga??

    Supun Tuesday, 16 February 2021 04:00 PM

    Stop Tourists coming in.....Let local travel thrive again like before..... After Brandix cluster.....disaster struck.

    Sam Silva Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:36 PM

    These so called govt spoke people just jabber.

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