Parliamentarian SM Marikkar says the government is responsible for the 12,125 COVID-19 fatalities reported thus far.
The Parliamentarian speaking at a media briefing said the increase in coronavirus deaths was due to the arbitrary decisions of the government having disregarded decisions of the relevant sectors.
He said over 10,000 fatalities were recorded during the third COVID-19 wave.
MP Marikkar said the government disregarded calls by relevant authorities and State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle, to impose a lockdown in the country in April.
The Parliamentarian said the government disregarded the opposition, health experts and other authorities’ requests to enforce a lockdown to mitigate the third wave.
Commenting on the decision to reopen liquor stores amidst quarantine curfew, Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said he can responsibly say that not a single Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian has a liquor store permit.
He claimed Ministers and MPs within the government have distilleries, adding that over 25 MPs own 100 liquor stores.
The MP noted individuals gathered around liquor stores following the decision to reopen them, increasing the risk of COVID-19 spreading.