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Suspected Covid patients must cooperate or face action - Minister

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi stated that ambulances have been directed to the residences of people who have been tested positive for COVID-19 in the Gampaha district but some patients were refusing to cooperate with health authorities. Issuing a statement she said stern legal action will be taken against people who refuse to receive medical treatment and refuse to move in to quarantine centers.

The Health Minister requested the public to cooperate with health authorities and mainly the ones who have tested positive for COVID-19. “PCR tests are being carried out in the Gampaha district due to the high rise in the number of COVID-19 patients. Concerning the well-being of the Sri Lankans, the Health Ministry has facilitated ambulances to residences of people who contracted the virus, therefore we request the public to cooperate with the health measures taken by the government,” the statement said. Minister Wanniarachchi stated that it is an offence as per the provisions of quarantine and the Prevention of Diseases Ordinance for failing to comply with health authorities.

Police also warned that strict legal action will be taken against individuals that are concealing their health condition, providing false information and concealing any other information pertaining to COVID-19.

DIG Ajith Rohana said that several cases have been reported that individuals are not disclosing information and hiding their whereabouts.

DIG Rohana further said that legal action will be taken under the Penal Code for those individuals who hide their health condition, those who hide information about their whereabouts and the whereabouts of their close associates and those who harbour COVID-19 suspects.

DIG Rohana also added that following the above if an individual dies after contracting the virus or gets infected, legal action can be taken under the criminal law.

Moreover he added that moveable and immovable property used to hide such persons will be seized by the authorities under the Quarantine and Prevention of Diseases Ordinance.