Sep 16, 2020

"Organising book fairs, can't be approved" Featured

Health authorities say that organising book fairs where thousands gather, during a time when the Covid-19 threat prevails, cannot be approved.

Speaking to the media, Chief Epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said they hope organisers of such large-scale events have given thought and will adhere to health guidelines.

Unable to trace

He emphasised that measures must be taken to control the public, noting that if a Covid-19 patient enters the premises, the risk would be vast as it is unable to trace attendees.
The 2020 Colombo International Book Fair is scheduled to begin this Friday (18) and will be held until Sep. 27 at the BMICH in Colombo.

Avoid large gatherings, follow health guidelines

Urging the public to avoid large gatherings if possible, Dr. Samaraweera added many citizens have forgotten to adhere to the basic health guidelines issued in the wake of the epidemic.

He noted that transport services were requested to limit the numbers traveling buses adding that the regulation is not being followed at present and urged the public to adhere to social distancing and keep their masks properly on.

Elderly urged to stay home

Meanwhile, Dr. Samaraweera has also urged senior citizens to stay home as much as possible as a health precaution to prevent them from contracting Covid-19, and step out only if required.

Although the novel Coronavirus has not spread among communities in Sri Lanka, the risk still remains and senior citizens and those suffering from various illnesses are at higher risk of contracting the virus, Dr. Samaraweera added.

Nine new Covid-19 cases were found yesterday (15), bringing the total number of cases so far to 3271,According to the Epidemiology Unit's situation report as at 19:30 yesterday (15), there are 242 individuals currently under medical care, 3016 recovered cases and 13 fatalities.

Owing to a large number of Lankan returnees testing positive for Covid-19 over the past few days, chief of the National Operation Centre for Prevention of Covid-19 Outbreak Commander of the Army Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva yesterday said that a decision has been reached to allow only one repatriation flight to enter the country daily.

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