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Inaccurate figures on Covid death toll on June 11 led to extension of travel restrictions: Prez

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President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said today inaccurate figures on Covid death toll reported on June 11 led to the extension of travel restrictions and stressed that it was vital to provide accurate and updated information to make correct decisions.

He said it was revealed through comprehensive investigations that only 15 deaths had occurred on June 11 whereas 101 deaths were reported that day.

He said travel restrictions,which were to be lifted on June 14, were extended till June 21 based on the information of 101 COVID deaths being reported on June 11.

The President said this at the meeting of the Special Committee on Covid Prevention at the Presidential Secretariat. 

The President said the health officials and intelligence services conducted a comprehensive investigation into the reporting of 101 deaths in a single day and it was revealed that some deaths had occurred for a period of four months from February 6 to June 11 and some deaths had been reported twice.

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  • Suresh Friday, 18 June 2021 04:09 PM

    Surprised this country is functioning like this even

    Roshanaly Friday, 18 June 2021 04:21 PM

    What is the reason for providing the wrong information?. Is anybody benefited by this?

    Yoga Friday, 18 June 2021 04:21 PM

    Perhaps now you realise the folly of relying too much on health ministry advice.

    An Angle Friday, 18 June 2021 04:29 PM

    Sha, what a reason? Don"t we check accuracy of information befor taking decision? Sad.. sad.

    Banuka Friday, 18 June 2021 04:34 PM

    If you do further investigation you may also see it is less than zero. Just wanted to the number and then it is easy to make the case.

    Premalal Perera Friday, 18 June 2021 04:34 PM

    The quality of life in the country is only as good as the quality of its leaders.

    Nipun Friday, 18 June 2021 06:58 PM

    Government doctors and in-charge persons should study to count from 1-100 first . Is it so difficult to count 1-15 .cant they see the difference of 100 bodies and 15. Thanks 6.9 million.

    Aviator Friday, 18 June 2021 07:08 PM

    Really? When the average daily death toll is 40-50, June 11th had only 15. Interesting. How far can we go with a leader who bases facts on lies?

    VJ Friday, 18 June 2021 07:33 PM

    Thank God we are not a nuclear armed country. What would happen if the button is pushed based on incorrect information?

    Dr. Who Friday, 18 June 2021 07:48 PM

    Unවිශ්වාAble. Misguiding our President. Need some Investigation.

    Ronnie Bugger Friday, 18 June 2021 08:18 PM

    You are full of things that hit the fan S.H.I.T.

    Joseph Friday, 18 June 2021 10:04 PM

    The President has ultimately admitted that the figures on Covid 19 is incorrect. and accept us to believe them We new it all the time that figures were manufactured

    Rajkumar Nagarajah Friday, 18 June 2021 10:17 PM

    Mr. President, were you not aware of the way in which COVID 19 death reported all these time. Surprising.


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