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UNP calls on Govt to unveil viable plan to contain COVID

The United National Party urged the Government to publicly unveil their plan to control the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Despite repeated statements by the Government that the authorities had controlled the spread of the virus, recent media reports have highlighted the irresponsible manner in which the Government has approached this crisis.

 A weekend newspaper has highlighted the fact that since March this year there have been no new ventilators purchased by the government. The report goes on to state that only 146 ICU beds have been allocated to COVID-19 patients, which medical experts have indicated is far below the necessary amount.

The UNP has continually asked the government what has happened to the funding provided by foreign governments and organisations to combat the virus. Despite financial support having been made available by organisations such as the World Bank, the Government has failed to present what these funds have been used for.

The latest outbreak has been linked to a stronger strain of the virus, similar to that seen in Europe. Over the weekend several European countries including the UK and France have imposed nationwide lockdowns, while outlining to the public their plans to control the spread. The party asks the Government to present to the public what are their plans to control this fresh outbreak.

The authorities have announced that over 500 people, who travelled out of the Western Province prior to the lockdown, have been ordered to self-quarantine.What is the methodology that the government pursued in selecting these people for self-quarantine? Over the weekend a differently abled man committed suicide after being separated from his mother who tested positive for COVID-19. The blatant disregard of the health and well-being by the authorities clearly demonstrates the lack of planning on the part of the government.

There is a lack of accountability on the part of the Government regarding the efforts to halt the spread of the virus. The public is unaware as to who is leading the government response, with the health authorities and the military providing differing points of opinion to the public. The Government must recognize the severity of this outbreak, and take necessary precautions immediately to contain this growing threat to the public.