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SL successful in curbing COVID-19 spread than most powerful nations: Army Chief

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Sri Lanka has been able to control the spread of COVID-19 more successfully than any other powerful country in the world, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said.

He said despite the current situation where around 500 patients being reported daily, spreading of the deadly virus in our country is kept under control, compared to other countries in the world.

“Around 500 COVID-19 patients are being reported in the country almost every day. But considering the global situation, we have to say without hesitation that COVID-19 is under control and the support of the people is vital to achieve this, the Commander said at an event in Matale, where he was present to unveil a special 'Hockey Mounument' on Saturday.

He said that people need to learn to live with coronavirus.

"We have to live with this. When we look at the global pandemic situation, where most powerful countries are going through great struggle to save their people. The highest number of deaths per day in the US was reported on Friday. 

At a sort of difficult times the world is going through, we were able to control the pandemic here and we expect the support of the people to reap success in curbing the spread,” he said.

Meanwhile, the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre reported early Saturday that there are nearly 90 million COVID-19 cases worldwide.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

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  • Joker Sunday, 10 January 2021 02:34 PM

    But the more powerful nations are outperforming in other things such as, freedom of speech, incomes, passport power, foreign reserves, protection of minorities, standard of living... they’re probably laughing at our third world comments

    Michael Ranasinghe Sunday, 10 January 2021 02:39 PM

    Here we go again .. trying to make this a political game.. We are bankrupt by having 47k of Covid infections and this guy is comparing powerful countries with SL .

    Selvakumar Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:10 PM

    Some political issue also, but main problems don't have money in sri lanka !!!

    ChanakaJ Sunday, 10 January 2021 02:52 PM

    Given our success, and high global Covid cases WHY chance everything by opening the airports?

    Jeeves Sunday, 10 January 2021 02:54 PM

    Our success so far is also because we have closed our airports! So, don't reverse this strategy; it's working.

    Selvakumar Sunday, 10 January 2021 02:56 PM

    Spread the corona virus successful control compare other powerful countries, but how's feedback from people's about your control the method in sri Lanka ????

    Esther Cohen, Europe Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:02 PM

    Surely the severe spread of Covid 19 in Europe has its own reasons, nothing to do with the army chief : different climate (winterclimate makes it worse now) European people travel more around the world, Sri Lanka as an island is more isolated. And above all : much more people are tested here. What proud statement are you going to make about the delay of the vaccins? Most countries started vaccinate already

    Nadi Karunaratne Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:12 PM

    Have another medal - you must be the bravest man in the world.

    Selvakumar Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:15 PM

    It's covid - 19 virus issue all over the world, many powerful countries successfully with corona virus !!!

    Esther Cohen, Europe Sunday, 10 January 2021 03:28 PM

    Also make a proud statement about the delay of vaccins in Sri Lanka. Most countries already started to vaccinate

    kan Sunday, 10 January 2021 04:24 PM

    dont wory open airport cov 19

    I have a powerful fart Sunday, 10 January 2021 05:14 PM

    " ... than most powerful nations". Is the Army Chief suggesting that Sri Lanka is a powerful nation? Powerful in what, may I ask?

    Somali Sunday, 10 January 2021 05:21 PM

    Haloo, how many tests you have conducted in SL? Less than 2 millions. Try to test remaining 20 millions, then you will see how successfully you have controlled Covid-19. Comments like these are mere political propaganda and symptoms of banana republics.

    K.L Pathirana Sunday, 10 January 2021 05:36 PM

    He has no clue as to what Covid 19 is, when you don't understand the problem the answer becomes simple.

    Jayantha Sunday, 10 January 2021 05:38 PM

    Keep the Airports closed indefinitely to have covid under control.

    Ranjith Sunday, 10 January 2021 06:06 PM

    What is Sri Lanka's population of 22 million compared to India's 1.3 billion ,UK'S 67 million and US 331 million? Don't think all Sri Lankan's are modayas.


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