Country cannot be opened – Dr. Herath
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Although there is a reduction in the number of new COVID cases being detected daily, it is not enough to warrant the opening of commerce and trade, Deputy Director General, Disaster Management and Emergency Response, Dr. Hemantha Herath said.
Fielding questions at a Media briefing held at the Health Promotion Bureau (HPB) on Monday (20) Dr. Herath said. “We all know that the number of cases did not rise above 1,000 during the COVID-19 wave experienced in October 2020. But even on Sunday (19) the number of daily detections rose to 1,700,” he said.
He urged the local business communities to be patient. “We don’t hope to close the country again. Therefore, lets learn from our mistakes and correct them before reopening the country and recommence day-to-day activities and trade,” Dr. Herath said. The Deputy Director General refused to comment on queries as to who took the decision of opening liquor stores on Friday (17) overlooking the existing quarantine curfew and the health regulations.
“There are legal measures being taken in this regard, therefore I will refrain from commenting,” he said. The DDG observed that there was a marked decrease seen in the number of COVID daily detections. There may be delayed reports that get added to the daily numbers. However, they won’t contribute towards a significant increase in cases, he added.