Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath has requested transport officials to present their plans to carry out public transportation services when the country reopens, prior to the announcement regarding lifting of the quarantine curfew.
Speaking during a media briefing at the Health Promotion Bureau Dr. Herath said failure to carry out public transport services in a stringent manner, will lead to the further spread of COVID-19 in the country.
He said day-to-day activities can be carried out with ease, if transport officials announce the plan ahead, and it is at a satisfactory level.
Dr. Herath added that until the plan is revealed, health authorities will have suspicions regarding the COVID-19 situation going back to the start.
Dr. Hemantha Herath further said despite the reduction in COVID-19 cases reported daily, the risk is still prevalent in the country. He stressed therefore the public must adhere to health advice in a stringent manner.
Dr. Herath said the first wave can be disregarded as there were only a few patients. He added however during the second wave, since last October to April this year, the number of cases reported daily did not exceed 1,000.
Dr. Hemantha Herath noted daily cases increased beyond 5,000 during the current wave but it has come down sharply and just over 1,000 cases are being reported on a daily basis at present.
He noted, however the risk still prevails, as the daily numbers have not come down below 1,000 and the infection rate is still higher than what was reported during previous waves.
The Deputy Director General of Health Services therefore requested all citizens to comply with health guidelines when conducting day-to-day activities even if curfew is lifted in future.