Army Chief cautions about Covid-19: Next Three Weeks Decisive
Chief of Defence Staff and Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva said as the next three weeks are decisive, those returning to work after the New Year holidays should ensure that they take necessary precautions including wearing face masks and adhering to health guidelines.
He added that authorities have managed to keep the number of COVID-19 patients comparatively low, adding that on 16 April, there were 357 cases reported. A majority of them are overseas returnees. Several COVID-19 cases were reported worldwide.
The public had adopted precautionary measures over the past week in gatherings, but there may have been a few who ignored guidelines similar to the second wave in Sri Lanka, which spread from an individual, leading to over 90,000 cases. We have taken steps to control the spread of COVID-19 in the backdrop of the increase in worldwide cases.
He added that the public recommenced work from yesterday (19) and it is crucial to take precautionary steps, as in the event one has come into contact with a COVID-19 patient unknowingly, he/she can avoid the risk of spreading the virus to others.
“We did not impose several restrictions during the New Year. Only necessary restrictions were imposed and certain individuals took such freedom for granted and violated quarantine regulations,” he said, adding that the restriction imposed for weddings is still in effect.