Government failed to respond swiftly to pandemic – Fonseka
Former Parliamentarian Field Marshall Sarath Fonseka has charged that the COVID-19 pandemic spread in the island due to the failure to take rapid and necessary steps, when the first signs of the virus emerged in Sri Lanka.
Speaking at a public rally in Minuwangoda Sarath Fonseka said the government was solely focused on the conduct of the general election, instead of the state of the country.
He remarked that the President stated the country could not be locked down due to a few cases, adding the government did not close airports, nor impose curfew, adding therefore as a result of such decisions the coronavirus spread across the country.
He noted that while the opposition was focused on people’s lives, the governments focus was on an election.
(Source: News Radio)
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If statistics are accurate, then Sri Lanka has done exceptionally well!
E.g. UK with a population of some 60 million, has had around 42,000 deaths, in spite of their wealth and resources, and free healthcare.
Sri Lanka, about one third of their population has almost 2,000 cases and around 11 deaths.
Given the influx of people from other countries during Dec- March, Corvid 19 has been contained well.
If previous government was in power, with its undisciplined democracy, alienation of our military, and lack of leadership and vision, number of Corvid cases and death toll would have been exponential.
That said, Corvid 19 is still omnipresent.
Therefore, we must not be complacent, and should tread carefully during ease of restrictions. We must avoid a second wave at all cost. Our only hope is an effective vaccine, which might be 6 months- 1 year away.