Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena has made a fresh appeal to parliamentarians to undergo PCR tests for COVID-19 after only an estimated 90 MPS from both the government and opposition have undergone the tests as of last week in the wake of at least four legislators being infected with the virus back then.
The Daily Mirror learns that with the number of parliamentarians who have been infected now rising to six, the Speaker has urged all MPS to get them tested to prevent a further spread.official sources said there has been very little cooperation from MPS from both the government and opposition side to undergo PCR tests and there are fears that there may be more MPS who may be infected, after coming in contact with the virus infected legislators.
Speaker Abeywardena has also made a decision, following guidance from the health authorities to table only priority Bills in the House as of now and limit all non-essential work till such time the virus is brought under control.
While Parliament will continue to sit on its allocated days, visits by dignitaries will not be permitted while all non-essential meetings in the Parliament premises have also been cancelled.
Speaker Abeywardena himself has limited his outside interactions while MPS have also been told to limit attending public events.
As of yesterday, six MPS have tested positive for the virus out of which two - State Minister Dayasiri Jayasekara and Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara making a complete recovery and being discharged from their treatment centres. Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi, State Minister Piyal Nishantha, SLMC Leader Rauff Hakeem and SLPP MP Wasantha Yapa Bandara are being treated for the coronavirus.(Jamila Husain)
Sambo Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:38 AM
Don't let them into parliament if the test is not done. So easy.
Michael Ranasinghe Tuesday, 26 January 2021 10:04 AM
And these guys come on media and tell us to cooperate with health regulations .. what a comedy and what a country
Martin Milton Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:16 AM
Why such people are tolerated by HE and PM is a mystery! Some form of severe punishment needs to be meted out to these utterly ignorant antinational traitors.Perhaps banning from contesting elections for 10 -20 years. MM
Kumaran Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:27 AM
Let the parliamentarians set an example and then advise the public.
Samson Tuesday, 26 January 2021 11:51 AM
Leadng from the front
ravin Tuesday, 26 January 2021 02:17 PM
really? probably they may thinking how to make commission out of PCR test. Still the committee is brain storming to put forward the idea of making best commission.
Critical Tuesday, 26 January 2021 07:53 PM
Good show by our MPs. The rule makers are not governed by the rules of this country. When people are willing to isolate themselves in their own homes govt must allow them to do so if those homes are not likely to cause any problems to anyone in their neighbourhood. Today most of the cv19 patients are sent to all over the country and they are mentally suffering due to various problems they are undergoing at those quarantine centres. .
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