The Government is prepared to impose strict restrictions if the health guidelines issued to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are not adhered to.
Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said that several countries have taken precautions to prevent the spread of the virus.
He said that a number of arrivals in Sri Lanka have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said that if the health guidelines issued to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are not adhered to the authorities will be compelled to impose strict restrictions.
“If the public do not support us and follow the health guidelines we might see a spread of the virus in Sri Lanka and we will be compelled to enforce strict restrictions and the public will be inconvenienced,” he said.
He also said that while some public events have been given clearance to go ahead, if the health guidelines are not followed the authorities will be forced to reconsider such events from being held in future.
Samaraweera said that social distancing, wearing face masks and washing hands is a must.
He said that while these instructions were closely followed earlier, most people have now begun to relax.
Samaraweera said that in some public places there is no water or soap for people to wash their hands.
The Chief Epidemiologist said that the risk of the coronavirus spreading among the public cannot be ruled out.
He also reiterated that senior citizens and those with any illness should try and stay home as they pose a higher risk of contracting the virus. (Colombo Gazette)