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The Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians requested the authorities to close all schools in the island temporarily with immediate effect for at least a period of two weeks initially considering this current scenario and trend of escalating COVID spread.

Prof. Vasantha Devasiri, President of the Sri Lanka College of Paediatricians said it is be the time to ban all gatherings, as far as possible as a step to curtail the alarming spread of COVID, before it develops into an uncontrollable proportion.

“Schooling is one of the regular events of a large gathering and our child population is one fourths of the country's total population. Keeping them at home for a while is likely to have a significant impact on containing the spread of the disease,” Dr. Devasiri underlined.

“In fact, it may have an effect similar to locking down many cities souch school closures would also have only a minimal impact on the economy. It will be a prudent step among many other measures which the government could take to control the spread of the disease,” he added.

The President also said that he firmly believed that immediate action in closing all schools would save many lives and save our resources rather than waiting till it is too late to take such actions. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Lal Sunday, 25 April 2021 06:32 PM

    PROFESSOR. G. L. PIERIS.

    Rran Sunday, 25 April 2021 09:42 PM

    Keeping school closed will effect economy not now but in the future when children turn out to be like the politicians that never went to school!

    Concerned Parent Monday, 26 April 2021 01:11 AM

    Do you have children ?? Two weeks of not going to school to save their lives is a basic human right !!

    keinhirn Monday, 26 April 2021 05:30 AM

    pretty sure you do not have school going children, nor did you go yourself idiots like you talking bull are the polticians and elderly citizens we end up with.

    Priysntha Sunday, 25 April 2021 09:51 PM

    Too much professors ruin the soup

    UK doctor Sunday, 25 April 2021 11:59 PM

    Please listen to the paediatricians.

    Lola Monday, 26 April 2021 03:29 AM

    Close the schools isn’t the solution. This country kept school closed for one year and what changed, NOTHING. We are in the same situation of 2020 or worst situation. Stop to send this bad message, kids need their life.

    Lassana D Monday, 26 April 2021 01:40 PM

    children need to be alive to enjoy their life. When school opens, its compulsory to send them. So then kids who are immunocompramised are at high risk. Unlike adults, kids also struggle to keep social distance etc. They will take the virus home as well. So stop talking rubbish. As a parent of a child who suffers with asthma, schools being kept open is like a death sentence!


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