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While admitting it would take some time to experience the actual results of the current travel restrictions, Deputy Director General of Health Services said if people’s movement continues to increase, it would take more time to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Addressing the media at the Health Promotion Bureau, he said they were confident that the virus could be contained with the help of the prevailing travel restrictions.

“However, it is of utmost importance that people’s movement should be curtailed. That’s why we urge the company heads to summon only the essential staffers,” Dr. Herath said.

“This cannot be done with the law alone. We need self-discipline. Otherwise, the situation could turn worse,” he stressed.

When asked whether there has been a decrease in COVID cases following the travel restrictions, Dr. Herath explained that the highest number of cases ever reported 15 days ago, and subsequently there was a decline.

“However, the active cases surged after 10-12 days, since the highest number of cases was reported. Though the cases did not increase in great numbers, we did notice an increase nevertheless,” he pointed out.

“The reason for the increase is that conducting PCR tests on the contacts of the patients detected 15 days ago,” Dr. Herath noted.

“There could be fluctuations in the future as well. But it will take some time to experience the actual results of the current travel restrictions,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

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  • Chris Monday, 07 June 2021 04:39 PM

    If health authorities fail to implement the travels restrictions along with law enforcement given draconian laws in SL, then health authorities must go home

    Seb Monday, 07 June 2021 04:43 PM

    This hasn't made any difference. A good lockdown should have been announced 4-5 weeks in advance so people can prepare and stay at home for 2 weeks, equal to a regular quarantine period. No factories, no meal service, nothing for 2 weeks. Army can supply the very poor with supplies in advance and then everyone in 2 weeks home quarantine. That would have solved it. Not extention after extention and allowing vip parties and joggers on the street.

    Patriot Monday, 07 June 2021 05:03 PM

    Corona will not disappear in near future, as per WHO it will remain until 2025 do you recommend to have restrictions until then ??? Just killing the economy and slowly killing all the business and poor people who are living with daily wages and earnings

    Sam Silva s Monday, 07 June 2021 05:07 PM

    It is not people fail but the government fails!!

    Anik Monday, 07 June 2021 05:36 PM

    This is the result of allowing people to celebrate new year wiwithout any restrictions. Utter failure of govt

    S. P. Ramkumar Monday, 07 June 2021 06:13 PM

    You have to implement pandamic law fully and give fine and punishment through court of law like Singapore. You can give militarily type punishment to entire civilians. Still you fail to give 2nd dose of Covishield vaccine

    Samson Monday, 07 June 2021 06:26 PM

    US has said that covid will not be eliminated, yes we need to reduce cases and deaths but you will reduce and control as time passes. People dont really understand this and we will have to live with it.

    Ranjith Monday, 07 June 2021 06:31 PM

    It is not the people the government messed up the handling of pandemic compare with other countries our people have well behaved during pandemic don't put the blame on the people

    Lalith Monday, 07 June 2021 06:47 PM

    Simply said the travel restrictions as currently administered are a joke. I understand that a cursory look at the amount of traffic on the main roads would tell the actual story. People who are moving around would certainly come into contact with others somewhere else. The people are not being fooled by this false show of travel restrictions. Perhaps the authorities are fooling themselves. To cap it all high ups kith and kin are said to have had weddings and birthday parties in five star hotels, family members of law enforcers out taking their usual jog, during the travel restrictions. Surely those who administer the law need to be held accountable for not ensuring the law is complied with by the people.

    Tyron Alwis Monday, 07 June 2021 07:00 PM

    How stupid is the Government? They impose all restrictions but still see thousands of vehicles on the road.. so, it is obvious to worse the situation

    Quiz Monday, 07 June 2021 07:03 PM

    Everything goes on roads except ships and airplane..

    Ravindra Jeewan Monday, 07 June 2021 07:04 PM

    It is obvious......Sir failed..

    GGT Monday, 07 June 2021 11:31 PM

    The schedule set already for the continuous closure of the country up to July 31. People are aware of the drama the Govt. plays.

    Thor Tuesday, 08 June 2021 07:14 AM

    No worries. soon there will be no people- all starved out!!!

    Udaya Tuesday, 08 June 2021 08:42 AM

    What a sad situation. When travel restrictions are imposed 6 deaths are reported.


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