The main opposition Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) today called for the resignation of Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi saying she should take the blame for failure to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka which had now affected the historical Dalada Maligawa in Kandy.
SJB MP Manusha Nanayakara told a news conference that the Minister should resign from her post, given the latest development with regard to COVID-19, including the issue at Dalada Maligawa.
“Real statistics with regard to COVID-19 are hidden from the public. The total number of positive cases is higher than what is being reported. Many people, even those from Galle have been found positive through random PCR tests. However none of this is being reported,” Mr. Nanayakara said.
“The number of people who had succumbed to COVID-19 have exceeded the number of people killed in the Easter Sunday attack despite the assurance given by ministers that the Government will not allow the number of people who die from COVID-19 to exceed the number killed in April 21 attacks,” he added.
MP Thushara Indunil Amarasena said investigations should be carried out to determine if those at the Dalada Maligawa got the disease from the Ukrainian tourists who visited the place.(Yohan Perera)