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Increasing Covid-19 patients: New safety measures introduced

With the rapidly increasing number of Covid-19 patients in the country, health authorities have introduced new safety measures to be adopted by the public.

Yesterday (22), Director General of Health Services (DGHS) Dr. Anil Jasinghe said that three-wheelers will be permitted to carry only two passengers due to the coronavirus risks.

He stated this during the media briefing of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak yesterday.

He explained that barber shops and salons, as well as food stalls located near hospitals that have low hygienic conditions, will remain closed until further notice.

According to Dr. Jasinghe, since the country is partly open to restore normalcy in civilian life, there are certain restrictions in place that will have to be adhered to by the public.

It is imperative that the general public continues to maintain hygienic practices as the threat of the virus is yet to be eliminated, the DGHS noted.

Health guidelines that were introduced must be followed at workplaces and public transport services, especially the maintaining physical distancing and washing hands properly, Dr. Jasinghe added.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Health Chief Epidemiologist Dr. Sudath Samaraweera also requested the public to take necessary precautions by keeping the distance as practised during the curfew period, as the threat is not yet over in the country or the world.

Furthermore, the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA) yesterday warned the public to be vigilant when purchasing essentials through home delivery services.

The association also urged the authorities to promote street vendors rather than home delivery services to control the looming threat that could be posed by such delivery services.

By Maheesha Mudugamuwa