Lifting of Curfew Shouldn’t be Taken for Granted
The curfew which came into effect from 20 March this year, to deal with the COVID-19 threat, has been lifted from yesterday, with Sri Lanka handling the pandemic situation in the country very professionally as well as effectively.
In the backdrop of several countries, particularly even the highly developed countries still struggling to control the challenges posed by COVID-19, Sri Lanka has dealt with the situation for the praise of the international community in dealing with the pandemic.
The latest international figure to praise President Gotabaya Rajapaksa of handling the COVID-19 situation was Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan, who was a cricketer of international repute before entering to politics, and very much familiar with the Sri Lankans, praised President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, the manner in which he controlled the COVID-19 situation, over a telephone conversation a few days ago.
So, with the tireless services rendered by the Island’s health sector as well as the defence sector towards controlling the COVID-19 situation to a great extent from the time the pandemic turned into monster threatening the entire world, now the situation remains very stable, allowing even the countrywide curfew to be lifted, without even extending it further.
As far as the total number of people affected by COVID-19 globally, it has been estimated as 10 million and the death toll remains as 500,000 so far. In the meantime, 5.4 million patients have recovered from the pandemic throughout the world, according to foreign Media reports.
Whereas, with 19 new cases, the total number of COVID-19 patients in the Island remained as 2,033 until yesterday.
In the meantime, 1,661 COVID-19 patients have recovered completely and returned to their homes safely.
Apart from the Government implementing several measures to keep away the pandemic, it is important to mention even the people throughout the country adhered to the rules and regulations to a great extent during the lockdown period, which came into effect with the curfew imposed on 20 March, three months ago.
So, apart from certain isolated incidents of violating the curfew and ignoring the measures which were in place to curb the spread of COVID-19, the majority of civilians throughout the country had extended their fullest cooperation towards combating the pandemic.
Therefore, in the backdrop of the Government lifting the curfew completely from yesterday, the countrymen must behave in a responsible manner, to ensure the pandemic threat is wiped out completely from the country.
Though the Government has lifted the curfew which was imposed to control the spreading of the COVID-19 virus, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Anil Jasinghe, has cautioned the people of a second wave of the pandemic attack and to keep on following the guidelines introduced at the beginning of the lockdown period in the Island.
It is important to note that despite Sri Lanka controlling the COVID-19 threat successfully, the pandemic still remains a big threat globally and the neighbouring countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are even now struggling to control the pandemic, with the cases spiking daily at an alarming rate.
Following the lifting of curfew, the Government will also think of opening the air and sea ports gradually. So, after three months of lockdown period in the Island, when free movement is allowed, the countrymen must see every aspect with regard to COVID-19, with a broader outlook towards getting rid of the pandemic completely once and for all.
The warning has also been issued by the health sector, that wearing of face masks should continue and if anyone is found not wearing the masks in public places as well as not following the hygienic guidelines, they would be dealt with legally.
Therefore, the relaxation of the curfew which was imposed for the past three months and the space which has been allowed for the free movement shouldn’t be taken for granted and the people must be on their best of conduct, to ensure the Island-Nation is completely free of COVID-19.