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COVID-19: Only people with complications to quarantine centres, others to home quarantine: Dayasiri

21 January 2021 06:43 pm - 9     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Only the people with COVID-19 complications should be sent to quarantine centres while the others with symptoms should be directed to serve home quarantine, State Minister of Batik, Handloom and Local Apparel Products Dayasiri Jayasekara said.

He said sending all, including COVID-19 positives, people with symptoms and associates to quarantine centres is a very costly exercise, as the Government is running out of monetary resources.

He told the Daily Mirror that the government is spending heavily on maintaining quarantine centres and also, the lack of medical staff is another issue.

State Minister Jayasekara who was tested positive with COVID-19 on January 8, had been receiving treatment at a Hotel quarantine centre in Hikkaduwa.

"I had fever for a few days and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, he said.

"Most of the people who had been taken to quarantine centres had shown no symptoms. Rather than taking such people to quarantine centres, it is advisable to direct them to serve home quarantine and help the government to utilize its funds on positive cases," he said.

Other than sending all, only people with COVID-19 complications, should be sent to quarantine centres, while others should be advised to remain indoors and serve home quarantine," the State Minister said.

Announcing the positive cases and the number of COVID-19 patients should be kept as a record, he said.

Moreover, he said the people should inform the area  Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) about the symptoms they develop.

"The Government should utilize the electoral register and with the help of the respective Grama Niladaris for easy identification of the infected and those who develop symptoms," the State Minister added. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 9

  • Mm Thursday, 21 January 2021 07:55 PM

    I can see Sri Lanka becoming another UK situation in relation to covid -19, people are not disciplined enough to stay home if positive. They take panadol and get about their work and spred it more

    Em Thursday, 21 January 2021 08:11 PM

    Who are you to make statements on this regard. Let the relevant subject officials to announce public statement.

    samara abeydeera Thursday, 21 January 2021 08:36 PM

    yes that is better cause they are getting more sick by staying there as they do not have proper sanitization i hope this idea will be a success

    vince Friday, 22 January 2021 02:55 AM

    Is that not bloody obvious. Any fool can see that. And this fool has to say it aloud.

    Ram Friday, 22 January 2021 03:23 AM

    The rule that Dayasiri suggests came into operation only after politicians got COVID. Before they were just taken in without permitting them to even collect their medications for other ailments

    Edward Ranasinghe Friday, 22 January 2021 05:18 AM


    Sisil Sudesh Friday, 22 January 2021 06:42 AM

    Candid admission of failure by a Cabinet Minister.

    Yoda Friday, 22 January 2021 06:43 AM

    And what about you?

    Sambo Friday, 22 January 2021 08:12 AM

    How many people are involved and giving advice on Covid 19. We have the army commander, health ministry, State minister, Dayasiri and so many on making decisions. We are a total confused nation.

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