Ranil calls for an extension of the lockdown

United National Party (UNP) Leader Ranil Wickremesinghe today called for an extension of the lockdown.

He said that the whole country will support a further lockdown in accordance with medical advice.

“So therefore, I would like to recommend to the Government, to the President, to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers that we extend this lockdown according to medical advice,” Wickremesinghe said.

The former Prime Minister said that on Monday and Tuesday, six people he knew passed away due to COVID-19.

“Mangala Samaraweera, who spoke to Samantha Powers and requested vaccines for Sri Lanka has also passed away. In addition to him, Mr. Rajamahendran, similarly D.S. Wijesinghe President’s Council, are among the large number of well-known people who have become victims to COVID-19,” Wickremesinghe said.

Wickremesinghe noted that the epidemiology unit had said that there have been late entries, so they will have to revise these numbers by about four thousand (4,000).

“There is a rapid spread of COVID. The number of deaths came up to five thousand (5,000) on August 7th, twenty (20) days later by the end of this day it will be eight thousand (8,000). Three thousand (3,000) deaths have taken place in twenty 20 days. That is a high rate, the number of people affected will be about fifty thousand (50,000),” he said.

Wickremesinghe said that there are concerns over the economic damage that can be caused by a lockdown.

However, he said the country has reached a point where the damage caused by a lockdown is far less than the damage caused by not having a lockdown. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Yes we need another 3 weeks of lockdowns to bring the spread of Covid19 back under control!

    We already lost Mangala don’t wait until we lose Ranil Wickremesinghe to see his talents in the political arena and his ability to get Sri Lanka out of any sticky situations and back on track.

    We won’t have this caliber of gentlemen in politics in the future unless we stand by them and build our country!

      • My vote was always for Ranil or Mangala no one else is in this caliber…

        It took a fake bond scam conspiracy engineered by the Rajapaksas knowing 99% of the citizenry no nothing about bonds nor have they ever invested in one and would be easy to sell to the public using propaganda…

        The real scam was the price fixing of the bonds done by the Rajapaksas…

        They can’t even conclude the case because they know they will come under international scrutiny on having no valid grounds to build the case and all will be exposed…

        • Change your profile name to foolish citizens, because you are a fan of Ranil. All the Western puppets are dying by deadly virus which was created by the west. This is truly a tragedy :–)))

          • Citizens, ignore Antany the tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist. Fool doesn’t know the virus originated in China and wants to blame his imaginary enemies for everything.

            Must have forgotten to take his medication hahaha.

            Everything is a western conspiracy for the mentally unwell.

  2. Clearly, a disaster is looming. Lockdown will create other issues, such as lack of nutrition for children and dying by hunger.

  3. Clearly, a disaster is looming. Lockdown will create other issues, such as lack of nutrition for children and dying buy hunger.

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