Curfew will be lifted only once COVID-19 threat is eliminated

The curfew will be lifted only once the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat is eliminated, the Ministry of Defence said today.

Defence Secretary Maj.Gen. (Retd) Kamal Gunaratne said that the curfew was imposed to control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus.

However he said that considering the present situation related to COVID-19 in the country, the Government had not taken any decision to announce a complete lockdown next week.

Commenting on some rumors going viral claiming that there would be a complete five-day lockdown in the country, he said those rumors were spread to create a fear psychosis among the public but asserted that no such decision had been taken by the Government so far.

“The curfew has been imposed to control the spread of the highly contagious COVID-19 virus. Once the health and security forces with the support of the public have been able to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we will be able to remove the curfew gradually,” he said.

Maj.Gen. Gunaratne said the public should not be misled by rumors and the Police would deal with rumormongers who are creating unnecessary panic among the people. (Colombo Gazette)

8 COMMENTS

  1. It took more than three decades for the Sri Lankan leaders to understand what need to be done to conclude the civil war, eventually they did it May 2009. Likewise, it will take time for the leaders to understand what really need to be done for COVID 19, but it will cost the country’s economy.

  2. The South Asians leaders won’t consider my suggestion unless it comes from the Westerner or from someone approved by the West. South Asia has the largest human resources than China, but India had no post independence strategy. If India had a master plan to use those massive human resources the British would not have given independence to South Asia. The British knew they can rule South Asians from a distance.

  3. Mr.kamal Gunaratne is there provision in the constitution to carry on with a Curfew without an emergency being declared? People are curious to know the legal aspect of it in the present context if you can shed some light on it , if your aware and competent enough to explain
    Thank you

  4. After reading this news article, following letter has been forwarded to the President’s secretary…

    Dr. P. B. Jayasundera,
    Presidential Secretariat
    Galle Face,
    Colombo 1, Sri Lanka
    Telephone (+94) 11 2354354
    Date: 5th of April 2020

    Dear Dr Jayasundera,

    Re: Sri Lanka is not a rich country, and it can’t afford to keep the people inside of their houses for too long.

    The government should implement the following steps and let the country back to normal. Do not wait for the West, China or India to guide you, implement the right things to get the economy on track to save the country.

    I urge the government to force everyone to wear face mask all the time, especially if they go out in public. So everyone can cover their noses and mouth so they won’t spread the virus by cough and sneeze. If people can’t afford to buy mask, homemade mask is a solution. This is an opportunity to for people to start a small business from their homes to help the people and saving the country by helping everyone to go back to work, school, university etc.

    Secondly, educate the people to wash their hands with soap before eating or touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

    Here are some facts about the spread of coronavirus.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies have insisted the primary route of transmission for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus is through the larger respiratory droplets, up to 1 millimeter across, that people expel when they cough and sneeze. Gravity grounds these droplets within 1 or 2 meters, although they deposit the virus on surfaces, from which people can pick it up and infect themselves by touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.

    Yours sincerely,
    Antany Peter.

    • Don’t be a moron, it is better to eat dhal and rice and stay home till we eradicate the virus, probably u are a smoker or a boozer who is suffering without both, don’t put the nation in trouble, idiot

      • This is not going to end very soon, looks as if you are not in touch with reality. Check what is happening around the world then you will understand. Dont accuse people without knowing the facts.

  5. Sri Lanka is not a rich country, and it can’t afford to keep the people inside of their houses for too long.

    The government should implement the following steps and let the country to back to normal. Do not wait for the West, China or India to guide you, implement the right things to get the economy on track to save the country.

    I urge the government to force everyone to wear face mask all the time, especially if they go out in public. So everyone can cover their noses and mouth so they won’t spread the virus by cough and sneeze. If people can’t afford to buy mask, homemade mask is a solution. This is an opportunity to for people to start a small business from their homes to help the people and saving the country by helping everyone to go back to work, school, university etc.

    Secondly, educate the people to wash their hands with soap before eating or touching their eyes, nose and mouth.

    Here are some facts about the spread of coronavirus.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health agencies have insisted the primary route of transmission for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus is through the larger respiratory droplets, up to 1 millimeter across, that people expel when they cough and sneeze. Gravity grounds these droplets within 1 or 2 meters, although they deposit the virus on surfaces, from which people can pick it up and infect themselves by touching their mouth, nose, or eyes. 

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