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18 March 2020 02:53 pm - 7     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Director Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh has warned several South-East Asian countries including Sri Lanka to 'do more' to fight the COVID-19 outbreak which is evolving rapidly.

“More clusters of virus transmission are being confirmed. While this is an indication of an alert and effective surveillance, it also puts the spotlight on the need for more aggressive and whole of society efforts to prevent further spread of COVID-19. We clearly need to do more, and urgently”, she said in a statement.

The 11 countries in WHO’s South-East Asia region includes Sri Lanka and are home to over a quarter of the global population.  Eight of these countries have confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease, namely Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.

Dr. Singh said the numbers indicate that some countries are clearly heading towards community transmission of the viral disease. (UN)

  Comments - 7

  • prabath uduwella Wednesday, 18 March 2020 03:33 PM

    Sri Lankan president reduced Dhal and canned fish prices to contain covid-19 already. He will do more after getting 2/3 from election. Please go to polls and vote people. Don't be afraid. Gota with you.

    Mm Wednesday, 18 March 2020 09:37 PM

    Prabath, the poor can’t go to supermarkets and buy for one month and store food. They are daily wage earners. They see this reduction as a blessing. Stop being so wicked in your thoughts.

    Sam Wednesday, 18 March 2020 03:35 PM


    Ravi Senanayake Wednesday, 18 March 2020 08:32 PM

    Like cancelling big matches...

    George Harry Wednesday, 18 March 2020 11:31 PM

    The Regional Director of the US agent sitting in the WHO!

    Devinda Uduwara Thursday, 19 March 2020 12:03 AM

    Correct! As per the World ,Covid-19 affected per million of population is 2.0 in Sri Lanka as against 0.1 in India. Pull-back in 20 times. The Opposition is prepared to co-operate with him and this should not be a political gained project. Collective effort is a must.

    cheers Thursday, 19 March 2020 04:29 AM

    Mm well said and Prabath you have no shame to mention things like this shows your upbringing and character

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