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Health guidelines a must: Army Chief

Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva appealed to the general public to continue following guidelines set by health authorities for the prevention of Covid-19 within the country.

This included the use of face masks, maintaining social distance, and washing hands with soap.

The Army Commander made these remarks last Saturday afternoon (27), speaking to the media in Kandy regarding the Covid-19 control measures in place in the country, the Sri Lanka Army said in a statement.

He also thanked the public for the overwhelming support they have extended towards the near successful control of the spread of the pandemic.

“Thanks to the efforts of all stakeholders including public health inspectors (PHIs), health workers, and tri-service troops, we locally recorded the last Covid-19-affected Sri Lankan some two months back, but foreign arrivals continue to report a couple of infected cases from time to time. Yet, they are also mostly Sri Lankan brethren and countrymen who are being repatriated due to the intervention of the President and the Government.”

Moreover, Lieutenant General Silva said it is the duty of the country’s people to take care of them too as countrymen while adopting maximum health and safety precautions.

The armed forces in quarantine centres across the country are now well adapted and fully geared to take care of these individuals through practice, and hence, it is essential for people to continue their daily health practices, the Army Commander added.