10 parties affiliated to the government have directed a letter to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa calling to impose a lockdown for at least three weeks.
The parties in a letter to the President said they believe the healthcare system will not be able to contain the number of COVID-patients without imposing a lockdown of at least three weeks.
The letter was undersigned by leaders of the Our Power of People Party Parliamentarian Ven. Athuraliye Rathana Thera, Democratic Left Front’s Minister Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Lanka Sama Samaja Party’s Prof. Tissa Vitharana, National Freedom Front leader Minister Wimal Weerawansa, Pivithuru Hela Urumaya’s Minister Udaya Gammanpila, National Congress leader MP ALM Athaullah, leader of the United People’s Party MP Tiran Alles, Communist Party leader Dr. G Weerasinghe, Sri Lanka Mahajana Party MP Asanka Navarathna and Yuthukama Sanwada Kawaya MP Gevindu Cumaratunga.
The 10 parties said a three-week lockdown could break the current cycle of increasing infections.
In the letter to the President, they state the country remains inactive even though it is currently open due to the large number of individuals undergoing quarantine and due to the fear instilled in the coronavirus.
The letter said they will confidently re-join the economic process once the pandemic is controlled.
The letter also called for an all-party mechanism to be set up as the situation is now a national disaster.
They added a committee comprising medical and economic experts must be formed to issue advice.
Speaking to NewsRadio Parliamentarian Asanka Navarathna said they recommended expediting vaccinations for individuals above the age of 60 and individuals suffering from non-communicable diseases as they are the most vulnerable and subsequently vaccinating individuals over the age of 30.
MP Navarathna said they wrote to the President as medical experts as organisations, associations and individuals have made many requests for a lockdown in order to the break the current cycle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Parliamentarian said they are aware of the impact it will have on the economy adding that over eight million would lose daily income if a lockdown is imposed adding however the pandemic has now reached a grim situation.
He said he believes the President will consider the request and take relevant action within the week.