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Isolated areas to be confined to Grama Niladhari Divisions: Army Commander

Efforts would be made to minimize the size of the isolated areas from Police areas to Grama Niladhari Divisions, Army Commander and NOCPCO Head Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.

Speaking at a meeting of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO) held yesterday, Lieutenant General Silva said the President has instructed to minimize the size of the isolated areas in order to avoid inconvenience to the general public.

Management of isolated areas and locations, infiltration of the virus into new areas, behavioral patterns of the public, conduct of essential services in restricted areas were lengthily discussed at the NOCPCO meeting held yesterday.

Lieutenant General Silva told the members of NOCPCO that only a few places in Colombo and Gampaha Districts still remain isolated; three areas from Gampaha and two areas from Colombo.

Similarly, areas in Atalugama, Akurana and Akkareipattu have been kept under isolation with detection of more positive ones.

He also told the meeting that the authorities have not yet regulated any pricing formula for Antigen tests.

Further, the President has directed the Disaster Management Centre to arrange coffins for free of charge for needed COVID deaths, if necessary.

Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services said that there’s a major issue with the cremation of COVID-19 positive dead bodies as they remain in mortuaries unclaimed.

Once a decision is taken, those bodies are to be disposed at state cost. “Our cremation and the burial system is very clear. There is no change in that system. Ministry of Health will continue to cremate the bodies,” Dr. Gunawardena said.