Violating COVID-19 health guidelines: Epidemiology Chief demands tough legal action
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Chief of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera yesterday (15), warned that the National Operation Centre for the Prevention of COVID-19 would have to advise the Government to resort to legal measures to ensure that the public adhere to health safety rules implemented during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in Sri Lanka.
As it is, there were 3,262 patients who had been infected with COVID-19, of whom 3,006 have been cured and returned to their homes, while 244 are currently being treated and as of 14 September, the number of COVID-19 deaths has risen to 13.
“We have to be prepared to live with the new normalcy while adhering to all the precautionary measures that were introduced during the onset of the disease.
The public have to do their best to consciously remember to wear the mask, wash their hands regularly, maintain the one metre distance, and use hand sanitiser in the absence of washing facilities”.
He said that with the increasing number of repatriates who were being diagnosed with the viral infection, the risk of being infected with the disease through contact increased within the society.
There may be repatriates who contract the disease once they return home and after having completed the 14-day quarantine in the assigned centres.
Therefore, the public should be vigilant at all times and not leave room for another lockdown. Live with the new normalcy while adhering to the basic health safety rules, he appealed.