President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has instructed the health authorities to pay special attention to those over 60 years of age and those who have been suffering from long term non-communicable diseases.
The majority of COVID-19 fatalities in the past few days have been reported from the Western Province.
A high percentage of these were individuals are above the age of 60 years who have not been vaccinated and were suffering from chronic diseases.
During a meeting of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 at the Presidential Secretariat today, the Head of State emphasized the need to formulate a special program targeting those over 60 years of age and those suffering from non-communicable diseases.
President Rajapaksa said priority must be given to those over 60 years and those suffering from various diseases when conducting PCR and Rapid Antigen tests.
The President also pointed out the need to isolate patients who have undergone kidney transplants or blood transfusions.
Meanwhile, the Commander of the Army General Shavendra Silva said all those above the 60 years within the Western Province who had not yet been vaccinated due to various health reasons have been identified and steps have been taken to vaccinate all of them within the next few days.