Self-quarantine for 10 cops after arresting burglar with coronavirus
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Ten policemen, attached to Bopitiya police station, have gone into self-quarantine after a suspect they had handled was found to have been infected with COVID-19.
The policemen had arrested a 28-year-old suspect over burgling the house of a Wattala local councilor, on April 04. Later, it was found that the burglar had COVID-19. Thus those who arrested the man and those who had been in the police station had been asked to self-quarantine.
(Source: The Island)
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President Rodrigo Duterte had warned on Wednesday he would order the police and the military to shoot anyone who created trouble. “Follow the government at this time because it is critical that we have order,” he said in a late-night televised national address.”And do not harm the health workers, the doctors … because that is a serious crime. My orders to the police and the military, if anyone creates trouble, and their lives are in danger: shoot them dead.”
This might sound harsh to some, but I personally think Sri Lanka too cannot take the (evident) wilful spread of COVID-19 by some people as just mischief. I have heard of some ars#holes going to India for religious meetings where a mass of people gathered and then coming back to SL and infecting others. Today when one does this type of thing, obviously he/she is doing it with full awareness of the consequences and it makes me wonder are not such actions then a form of TERRORISM – i.e. in this case BIO TERRORISM?
Indeed time Sri Lanka nipped these actions, very sternly and decisively, in the bud – lest we become another Italy or Spain or even the USA – which to Sri Lanka will be a grievous-blow both in terms of economic and social context. Therefore, in this case an instance or two of “Duterte Style” punitive examples might go a long way to get the message out to such TERRORISTS.
Kevin, spot on my dear! This is the very reason I am in favor of the current GOSL policy of cremating the remains of the unfortunate COVID-19 dead – the last thing we want is COVID-10 cadavers being handled by non-governmental parties because who knows what some terrorism-minded scum might think of resorting to next? After the horrors of the LTTE terrorist over 30 years and the horrors of Jihadists’ last Easter Sunday massacre, I think anything is possible and so strongly advise GoSL to not take any chances!
Of course I have seen a damn floozy petition supposedly signed by some people, including allegedly by some names with respectability (wow, who knows the authenticity of such anyway?) stating that COVID-19 cadavers pose no risk as they are not able to transmit the virus – WOW!!!
What an either cunning or ignorant statement that is! Here we are told that the virus can survive on coughed-on/sneezed-on surfaces up to 9 days and these bloody swine want us to believe that a COVID-19 cadaver poses no risk!!! I strongly believe this type of misinformation must be countered with severe measures, including prosecution under harming National Security provisions and meted out with long jail sentences!
What is SL’s testing capability?
It is highly limited.
Hospitals are now demanding Minister’s letters to carry out a test.
MP’s letters and Dr recommendations no longer valid.
Good point Andrada; I however strongly disagree with the ‘Letters’ requirement which you state.
Our nation is a great friend of China and should promptly seek airlifting of ventillators and PPE for our frontline workers by the planeload, on a daily basis.