Sat, 04 Dec 2021 Today's Paper

Public assembly including large scale election gatherings to be restricted

If COVID-19 situation worsens

10 March 2020 02:13 pm - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}



Sri Lankan health authorities are closely monitoring the global COVID-19 outbreak and studying its mode of transmission from country to country, and will caution against large scale public gatherings including large election gatherings if the situation worsens, sources from the Health Ministry told the Daily Mirror yesterday.  However with Sri Lanka having no confirmed cases of the virus presently and with strict preventive measures in place, there will be no immediate restrictions.  With Sri Lanka just weeks away from election campaigning for the April 25 general elections, the health ministry is closely monitoring the situation and will impose certain restrictions against large gatherings if the country faces a high risk of importing the virus.   
“If there is an uncontrollable spread and if Sri Lanka is also at a very high risk of importing the virus into the country then we will have to take a decision,” sources said.  
Neighboring Maldives reported two cases of the COVID-19 over the weekend while India has reported 43 cases.  
Maldives yesterday suspended all election campaigning activities for the upcoming local council elections and women’s development committee elections after the two confirmed cases were detected.  Cases in South Asia still remain relatively low compared to the west, Europe and East Asia but WHO has urged all countries to continue efforts that have been effective in limiting the number of cases and slowing the spread of the virus.  
As of yesterday evening, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally surpassed 100 000 while the death toll has surpassed 3000.  
In Sri Lanka, 16 suspected cases have been admitted to hospital but the Health Ministry said they were likely to test negative.   


  Comments - 0

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment

A Sri Lankan giving dignified burials to unclaimed bodies for five decades

After their death, most people are memorialized at a service, surrounded by g

Focus on Laggala Gem mining big shots bigger than the law

The truth is now being uncovered regarding an illegal mining racket in state

How and why the TNA was formed twenty years ago

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) is now twenty years of age. The premier pol

India lays emphasis on culture diplomacy with Sri Lanka

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wanted to inaugurate the Kushinagar Inter