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Existing quarantine process needs revising: Army Chief

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The prevailing Covid-19 quarantine process should be reviewed and revised in order to further improve such measures by appointing a special committee, Army Commander General Shavendra Silva said yesterday.

This was discussed at the Covid-19 prevention Task Force meeting attended by General Silva, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemiology and Coronavirus Disease Control Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr Asela Gunawardena and  all members and experts in the field at the NOCPCO.

General Silva, told the meeting that in the past five days alone, more than 800 new cases were detected, majority being from Colombo, Gampaha and Kandy areas. 

He also said that manageable numbers of tourists arrived in the country to fit with their  capacity and guidelines were followed.

"The number of expatriates returning home stood at 500-800 persons per day in the past week,"he said.

Referring to the Covid-19 vaccination, Army vaccination process of front line soldiers continued and over 7,000 per day were vaccinated in Army hospitals, and the project is now nearing completion.

The meeting in general touched on the ongoing effective vaccination process, random PCR test systems, current state of patient management in hospitals and Intermediate Care Centres, difficulties in directing positive ones to Quarantine Centres, the status quo in Colombo Municipal Council city area and the course of action that could be taken to restrict large gatherings due to risk factors, and the ongoing repatriation process.

The Task Force closely reviewed new developments and emergency measures in the face of detection of more and more positive cases. Management of isolated areas and locations, infiltration of the virus into new areas, behavioural patterns of the public, conduct of essential services in restricted areas, etc were also discussed during the meeting.

  Comments - 12

  • Sivamany Nagaratnarajah Wednesday, 03 February 2021 10:43 AM

    I want to return srilanka from France and requested entry permission from foreign ministry so far I didn't get reply. Which airlines we can come please help.

    gowri kandiah Wednesday, 03 February 2021 11:06 AM

    What is there to revise, when a certain class of people who do not adhere at all to the regulations. e.g what about the Maliban Boss birthday party attended by the elite and even by officials who try to penalise the others for not wearing face mask and limiting numbers to 50 for any occasion. Is this justice?

    Saravans Wednesday, 03 February 2021 11:28 AM

    This committee must look into consideration to permit people to remain in their own houses for self quarantine. Unnecessarily people are sent to various isolation centres where no proper care is provided.

    Pathy Wednesday, 03 February 2021 01:12 PM

    Exactly, other countries like India and Nepal doing the same

    Asanka Wednesday, 03 February 2021 01:18 PM

    You are right. People don't want to be locked up, so they don't want to be tested, so they don't know wether they are infected, so they are not going in quarantaine, so they can spread the virus, so this is a totally wrong handling the pandemy by an non healthcareworker

    Michael Ranasinghe Wednesday, 03 February 2021 12:27 PM

    General .. can you assure that the health regulations are adhered to by even the social elite in Colombo ? If you cannot it's best you stop making hollow statements .

    Akram Wednesday, 03 February 2021 12:27 PM

    Home quarantine, is the best solution.

    Mary Wednesday, 03 February 2021 12:48 PM

    Useless telling us, you do it!!

    German Wednesday, 03 February 2021 01:24 PM

    When the governments in Europe only are thinking about mandatory cremations and mandatory quarantaine centers the third worldwar will begin. People will never ever accept this here and all governments have to reseign only by suggesting these dictatoriale ideas

    M. Rameez Ziard Wednesday, 03 February 2021 03:16 PM

    Are we not treating Covid-19 victims like criminals ?

    brainmaster Wednesday, 03 February 2021 04:01 PM

    whenever they don't know what has to be done, they appoint a committee

    Joshua Wednesday, 03 February 2021 05:52 PM

    Ok, after more than 300 deaths and 65k cases. You say we listen like fools

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