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Atulugama could face prolonged isolation

The Atulugama area may have to be isolated for a prolonged period if the residents do not cooperate with the health authorities, Army Commander Lieutenant General Shavendra Silva said.

The Commander noted that 329 COVID-19 positive cases were detected from the Atulugama area so far.

A resident of the area who had tested positive for COVID-19 had spat on the face of two Public Health Inspectors (PHIs) on Wednesday (02) refusing to be taken to hospital for treatment.

Following the incident, the PHIs temporarily withdrew from their duties in Atulugama and the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Office in Bandaragama cancelled the PCR tests that were scheduled to be carried out in the area on Thursday.

The Commander said that the situation has to be brought under control, otherwise things could get out of hand.

He noted that the infection started with just four persons but by now it has grown to 329. Lt. Gen. Silva warned that unless the residents in the area cooperated with the health authorities, the Atulugama area would have to be locked down for a long period of time.

“We will definitely not allow the arbitrary actions of a handful to affect the entire population of the Kalutara District. The IGP had given instructions on the legal measures that would be taken. However, it is not just the legal action, but people have a duty to act responsibly in times like these.

They cannot live without responsibility during this national crisis. They should know that they need to follow the recommended health guidelines. If they fail to adhere to these health recommendations, then not just them the entire country would have to suffer as a result of their selfish actions.

He expressed hope that the relevant persons would cooperate with the health authorities, failing which a serious situation could arise with the health officers refusing to work in this area.

“The most degrading manner in which these health officers were treated cannot be condoned with under any circumstance.

Therefore, I urge the residents of Atulugama to cooperate with the health authorities and follow the health guidelines, otherwise, we will have no choice but to isolate this area,” the Army Commander warned.