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Fisheries Minister Douglas Devananda has requested the Sri Lanka Navy to heighten its vigilance along the borders, in the mid seas to prevent Indian fishermen from coming into local waters at a time when a mutated version of the COVID-19 was rapidly spreading in several Indian states including southern India.

Devananda told the Daily Mirror that he had requested the Navy to heighten their monitoring mechanism so that local fishermen could avoid coming into contact with Indian fishermen who could be carrying the virus.

"I have requested the navy to maximize their vigilance along the borders to prevent any Indian fishermen from entering local waters. Especially at a time when there have been reports that infected fishermen are coming in contact with local fishermen mid seas and that is adding to the spread of the COVID19. With a new mutated strain In India I have requested the navy to tighten the borders and have also instructed our local fishermen to vary of the situation," Devananda said.

The Minister further said that while the COVID-19 situation spread was rampant in India, he hoped the situation would normalize soon. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • Kumar , Lawyer Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:53 AM

    Situation in India is so bad that America, Europe, and even Pakistan and China are rushing aids to that country. But one thing is certain India can never ever be a bully to Sri Lanka or anyone else in the future. It would take decades for India to recover from this devastation and even that recovery is not guaranteed.

    Keerthi Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:45 AM

    I think you forgot that it's India and they are handling the situation somehow. Think about our country and will it possible for our country to handle such situations? I believe it might be a disaster here . So karma is boomerang my friend, remember that.

    kumar Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:40 PM

    The situation in India is no that bad for you guys to rejoice. India will definitely bring the situation under control in couple of months.

    Aristotle Tuesday, 27 April 2021 08:34 AM

    A few weeks ago the Govt. / Devananda allowed Indian fishermen to legally enter our territory to catch fish. Now they see the repercussions of that action. See how short sighted / selfish our governing people.

    Sambo Tuesday, 27 April 2021 01:34 PM

    The most people sitting in top chairs are not suitable be there. That's why all these misshapes.

    Bernard the Sri Lankan in Melbourne Tuesday, 27 April 2021 06:29 PM

    Why not ask China to protect Sri Lanka? Because of China we are now famous and everybody recognized importance of Sri Lanka.

    Battaramulla banda Tuesday, 27 April 2021 07:44 PM

    I say "Dog less", if the navy guards the seas you won't be able to go out to sea as you promised last week.


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