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Stringent measures to prevent spread of new COVID-19 cluster - Keheliya

‘Public should strictly adhere to health guidelines’:

Co-Cabinet Spokesman Mass Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday said that it was the responsibility of the Government to address the new COVID-19 cluster and all necessary measures and extra care have been taken to prevent the spreading of the virus.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet media briefing, Minister Rambukwella further said that unlike the initial wave of COVID-19, the government at present has a well-equipped range of facilities and resources that need to handle the outbreak.

“The Government will draw further decisions with regard to the new COVID-19 cluster based on the results of the PCR tests due over the next 48-hours,” he said.

“Around 2000 PCR tests have been conducted within the last 24-hours in areas identified as potential places for the spread of the virus. The results of these tests will be used to determine the source of the source of exposure and infection by the Supervisor of the Apparel factory in Minuwangoda,” he said. Responding to a question by a journalist with regard to the health guidelines being disregarded during the recently held Colombo book fair, the Cabinet Spokesman said many organizations including the public have become complacent with the guidelines, causing loopholes and a reappearance of the virus. Minister Rambukwella stressed that the Government must address such loopholes and relaxing of guidelines, adding that if the public do not support the Government in this regard, then the Government alone cannot prevent the spread of the virus. The Cabinet Spokesman urged the general public to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by the Health Ministry and to help the Government in combating the COVID-19 outbreak.

Responding to another question by a journalist with regard to the Grade 5 scholarship examination scheduled for this Sunday (11) and GCE Advanced Level examination set to commence from Monday (12), the Minister said that all necessary measures have already been taken to conduct the two examinations. But nearly 2000 PCR tests were conducted on those connected to the COVID-19 cluster identified in Minuwangoda and the government is awaiting the results of those tests. So depending on the results of these PCR tests the Education Ministry will take the final decision on the A/L and scholarship examinations.