Alternatives needed if lockdown is not an option- AKD

2020-10-28 at 17:30

Leader of the JVP Anura Kumara Dissanayake says if the government intends to continue to allow daily life to proceed in the island without resorting to lockdowns despite the threat of coronavirus, then several effective measures including increasing the capacity of the health sector must be undertaken.

Speaking at a media briefing held at JVP party headquarters today, Parliamentarian Dissanayake charged a dire situation has emerged in the country due to the government’s negligence of a potential second wave of the virus.

He remarked the government continued to claim the pandemic was over in the island, which resulted in the current grim second wave, adding the spread of the virus was heading in a precarious direction.

He stressed the number of PCR tests being conducted at present was clearly insufficient, adding therefore that more tests must be carried out and they must be conducted rapidly.

The MP further called for more stringent measures to safeguard first line responders such as health workers and the Police and Tri-forces, whilst also urging the government to allocate funds to provide essential needs to the public.

MP Anura Kumara meanwhile stated that amidst the rapid spread of COVID-19 in the island, citizens must also fulfil their responsibilities.

He stressed although the government has not imposed a lockdown, the public must remain in their homes, therefore urging people to act responsibly and do their part to prevent the further spread of the virus.

The JVP Leader noted the days ahead would be significantly decisive, further remarking that if the situation spirals out of control the country may have to face a great and unavoidable tragedy.

He again reiterated for people to take responsible decisions, refrain from unnecessary travel and stay at home.