The Ministry of Health says it has not issued any directives prohibiting persons who have not received any vaccine against the coronavirus from travelling on roads or visiting public places.
Deputy Director General of Health Services, Dr. Hemantha Herath said the government will follow due process if it decides to impose any restrictions on people.
In response to media queries regarding such incidents being reported across the country, Dr. Hemantha Herath said he is unaware of such directives.
Speaking during a media briefing in Colombo today, Dr. Herath stressed that in the event the government decides to impose restrictions on persons who have not been vaccinated, it will have to go through an approval process.
He also commented that the decision to impose a lockdown was taken to secure the people’s basic rights and also in order to protect them from the coronavirus.
Dr. Hemantha Herath noted that they will conduct a probe on organisations reported to have violated people’s rights by requiring a vaccination ID in order to enter a building, since the Health Ministry has not issued such directives.
Deputy Director General of Health Services Dr. Hemantha Herath also denied allegations by health sector trade unions that the recent steep decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths were mainly due to the reduction in PCR and Rapid Antigen testing conducted by the government.
Dr. Herath assured that testing has not been decreased while also attributing the recent decrease in cases and deaths as a result of the quarantine curfew imposed island-wide during the past few weeks.
He requested individuals to look at PCR testing data which would show that testing fluctuates between 9,000 and 12,000 tests per day.