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The most vulnerable occasion where the Covid-19 virus could spread rapidly is when people are having their meals with others, Director General of Health Services Dr Asela Gunawardena said.

Speaking at a gathering yesterday, he said there was a higher tendency of the virus to spread when people were having food together especially at weddings.

“People hardly follow health guidelines when they attend a wedding. People have never taken this seriously and added they are hesitant to practise basic guidelines when they get together,” the DG said.

He also that there were requests from people to increase the number of persons, who could attend a wedding.

“The number is irrelevant here. What is important is to abide by the health guidelines,” the DG underlined.

“Probably, we will have to live with the virus at least for another two years. Therefore, it is absolutely pivotal to adjust to the conditions and live adhering to the guidelines if we are to do away with the virus,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Kalpitha Saturday, 19 December 2020 02:22 AM

    Covid is not what it is but what is beyond. All will have to live with the virus; never no how long but it is not so soon.

    John sarath Saturday, 19 December 2020 02:22 AM

    Dont' know

    Nindana Saturday, 19 December 2020 02:25 AM

    So, no freedom to eat...Not a stupid remark in fact but fair to take into account

    LakshanG Saturday, 19 December 2020 02:30 AM

    Why so long to announce this. Have people started eating together all of a sudden? Should have informed this early. ..........But can't fathom why the previous Health DG did not figure this out or any other health official. ?????????

    lal Saturday, 19 December 2020 08:11 AM

    Doctor is correct in his assessment. The virus easily targets the people living in densely populated areas and don't follow a healthy living practice. Still some people eat together from a single plate as a religious practice. Some people simply ignore the social distancing requirement and squeeze in to force their way.

    Vidura Perera Saturday, 19 December 2020 03:29 AM

    Another isolation theory. Then, we not only have to live in isolation but eat in isolation. If this is not good, suggest a way of eating food without getting infected with the virus Don't tell to eat individually. That even we can think of. Propose something that is logical. Then will see.

    selvakumar. Saturday, 19 December 2020 04:22 AM

    How's happening??, we have to eat individual ? How's connection with coronavirus

    Saranga Walimuni Saturday, 19 December 2020 06:22 AM

    So dumb using hands are the stupid idea Should have advised this way earlier to encourage use of spoons or forks

    selvakumar Saturday, 19 December 2020 06:51 AM

    This coronaviurs it's not only the one country, it's allover the world, many people's not follows the medical kiddie lines, but still UK vaccines feedback still given confused answer?, when it's over no one don't know???

    selvakumar Saturday, 19 December 2020 06:51 AM

    This coronaviurs it's not only the one country, it's allover the world, many people's not follows the medical kiddie lines, but still UK vaccines feedback still given confused answer?, when it's over no one don't know???

    Hood.mas Saturday, 19 December 2020 07:09 AM

    Another two years...?.The world is optimistic and rolling out vaccine to the general public including India to vaccine in January. While our country relies on UN vaccine and scientists await for side effect of the vaccine many people will be lost.

    kumar Saturday, 19 December 2020 07:32 AM

    please tell it to the parliamentarians and why didn't you include drinking together as well.

    Premalal Perera Saturday, 19 December 2020 08:17 AM

    Every time these warnings are issued, there's one thing they always fail to do and that is to thank China for a world filled with misery.

    K.L Pathirana Saturday, 19 December 2020 08:43 AM

    Nice, surely and certainly the virus is incarcerating the masses. Keep destroying the environment and commit cruelty towards none humans, be prepared for the next pandemic where there is no medicine or healthcare. Kinda like the animal world, go find the herbs and leaves for a cure from the nature. Cannot find it ? Too bad we asked not to cut trees and not to kill animals that will pollinate.

    Selvakumar Saturday, 19 December 2020 08:46 AM

    Dr, you

    Selvakumar Saturday, 19 December 2020 08:46 AM

    Dr, you

    Kumar Saturday, 19 December 2020 09:06 AM

    Is it because people congregate in one location at home. We always eat at the dinning table without a problem. Only thing we follow CDC guide lines not to import the virus t our home. We live in California which is in a real bad shape.

    Gamini Saturday, 19 December 2020 09:08 AM

    Get the vaccine,India has already started shame for Sri Lanka Sir is sleeping

    Adam Speak Saturday, 19 December 2020 09:52 AM

    So that means vaccines will not reach Sri Lanka for another two years, till then please conduct online Weddings

    Mark Anandappa Saturday, 19 December 2020 09:55 AM

    You guys have injected the virus in peoples minds

    Stingray Sunday, 20 December 2020 06:11 AM

    "Doctor, you are in trouble"!

    Marcelle McDonald Monday, 21 December 2020 09:58 AM

    Thank you, I shared.


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