Samagi Jana Balawegaya Parliamentarian Patali Champika Ranawaka says the country should be closed for three weeks in order to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Speaking at a media briefing today the MP said a lockdown will not solve the present crisis, adding that the following week, the number of cases and deaths being reported will continue to increase.
He claimed that if the country is being closed it should be closed for at least a minimum of two weeks while a three-week lockdown will be more effective.
MP Ranawaka said closing down a country does not mean that the number of COVID-cases or deaths will decrease.
He claimed results can be witnessed in 14-days, adding that the decision to impose a lockdown should have been taken at the end of July.
He charged that the government disregarded the warnings and therefore they must now claim responsibility for the deaths that are being reported.
The MP requested the government to prioritise experts when reaching decisions related to the coronavirus adding that the Army and Intelligence Service can only provide expert knowledge on terrorism.
He said COVID-19 data predictions must be sought from institutions such as John Hopkins University and local experts.
MP Ranawaka also claimed that there is a shortage of medicine including drugs used to treat pneumonia patients and those with heart conditions.