28 March, 2020

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A Bell Tolls For The World

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“Epidemic diseases are not random events that affect societies capriciously and without warning. On the contrary every society produces its specific vulnerabilities. To study them is to understand that society’s structure, its standard of living and its political priorities.” ~ Frank M Snowdon (Epidemics and Society – from the Black Death to the Present)

This week, Chinese authorities heaped praise on ophthalmologist Li Wenliang, absolving him of the charge of disturbing public order. The rumourmonger has been declared a ‘hero who fought bravely’ by the very system that persecuted him for warning about a new SARS-like virus.

The exoneration came too late for the whistle-blowing doctor and for the 13,000 people in China and worldwide who had died of the Covid-19 pandemic, so far. That pandemic could have been avoided, had President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders heeded the whistleblower-doctors instead of punishing and silencing them. According to a study by the University of Southampton, had Beijing responded two weeks earlier (around the time of Dr. Li’s warning), the number of cases could have been reduced by 86%.  

Even with the benefit of the Chinese example before them, political leaders from orient to occident persisted in ignoring or downplaying the threat from Covid-19, cleaving to the myth of business as usual. Donald Trump said the virus was just like the flu, and will vanish miraculously. On the day Italy’s infectious cases exceeded 400, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party urged Italians not to change their habits. Iranian leaders refused to lockdown virus epicentres in the country and went ahead with a planned parliamentary election. Sri Lanka’s Tourist Board put out an ad touting the country as a safe-zone from Covid-19. The ad claimed great health screening, best health care, only one confirmed case and 34 days with no case – and continued to run even after the WHO declared a global pandemic. 

Such blindness and inaction enabled Covid-19, birthed in China, possibly of a food chain that involved pangolins and men, to become a global pandemic in three short months.

The velocity and the spread of the virus’s sweep demonstrates that while closing national borders is a necessary measure, the eventual solution will have to be a global one. If the virus retains a hold on even a single land, the rest of the world will not be safe. To paraphrase John Donne, in our globalised world, where migration and tourism are ubiquitous, not even islands are islands. 

The Hong Kong flu epidemic of 1968 which killed one million people and the Asian flu epidemic which began in China in 1956 and killed 2 million people barely touched us in our teardrop island. Those days of splendid isolation are long gone. Tourism is our lifeblood. And we have a Diaspora that is second (in terms of numbers) only to the Jewish Diaspora. we are unique only in our own besotted eyes. Any bell that tolls for the rest of the world tolls for us too. 

The need for a political ceasefire

In Iran, election in the time of Covid-19 caused a low turnout, enabling hardliners to score a landslide win. That might have been what Lankan rulers were hoping for when they insisted on going ahead with the parliamentary election despite a burgeoning epidemic. Politics trumped over commonsense to such an extent that a police curfew imposed on areas pinpointed as the virus epicentre was hastily lifted to facilitate the nomination process.

The Election Commission has postponed the election, using the powers accorded to it by the 19th Amendment. Had it not done so, the virus would have claimed many more victims by now. A stark warning of how the campaign would have done the work of the virus was provided by a Gampaha District candidate who also happens to be a medical doctor. Not only did she organise a meeting to felicitate herself; she also praised the participants (who were seated shoulder to shoulder) for coming to her meeting even against the advice of medical professionals. Had the election not been postponed, Sri Lanka would have been overwhelmed not only by a viral pandemic but also by a stupidity pandemic.

The election has been postponed but the electoral mindset, created by the dissolution of parliament and the nomination process, continues to pervade. Some of the party leaders might play safe, but individual candidates and their supporters will resume campaigning the moment the curfew is gone, leaving thousands of disease vectors in their wake. Hours before the curfew came into effect, a candidate in the Badulla district went around in a truck distributing pirith pan (Buddhist holy water) to people. This sort of behaviour would go national the moment the curfew is lifted, undoing whatever good the days of forced isolation had achieved.

The only way out is for all contending parties to come to an agreement to suspend campaigning until the situation stabilises. Once such a multi-partisan agreement is reached, party leaders would have the necessary political space to stop their candidates from engaging in their infantile battles for preference votes. 

Unfortunately, this necessary political ceasefire is yet to happen. The President seems to think this is a problem he can solve singlehandedly, with the support of the military, just as he ‘won the war’. At a meeting of the Covid-19 task force, he dismissed the idea of a national lockdown, with a cackle. The imposition of the curfew points to a welcome change. Perhaps it had something to do with Basil Rajapaksa having to place himself in self-quarantine, a measure necessitated by a meeting with a local-level politician who had subsequently tested positive for the virus. If campaigning resumes before the epidemic has been seriously incapacitated, no one will be safe, including the president and his family.

A political ceasefire is necessary for financial reasons as well. The government has spending money only till end April. To approve finances beyond that date, the parliament has to meet. The government has obtained a loan from China, but that is merely a stopgap measure. Since a new parliament is not possible before end April, the old parliament will have to be reconstituted. Therefore, the only option is for the president to rescind the gazette that dissolved the parliament, thereby restoring the status quo ante. 

If the President is willing to take the first steps towards a political ceasefire, the opposition must cooperate, using their numerical strength to pass whatever sums necessary not only to beat back the epidemic, but also to keep the country functioning and to provide relief to the more vulnerable businesses and households. 

Countries that have managed to keep the contagion under control all engaged in aggressive testing. Even non-symptomatic people were tested, resulting in early detection and isolation. That means many more testing kits, as well as other facilities, from hospital beds and protective gear to ventilators. Funding these necessities might require unpopular measures, including the cancellation of some of the more irrational tax benefits of December 2019. If the government is courageous enough to propose these measures, the opposition, in turn, must be principled enough to back them, and not turn them into propaganda footballs. 

A political ceasefire is also necessary to develop the right societal attitude in the face of a common threat. Cooperation, unity, solidarity – this is what we need today. Elections are times of intense competition, not just among parties but also among members of the same party. An election campaign, in this time, will turn common or garden political, ethno-religious and societal cracks into deadly faultlines. In a situation characterised by inter-party and intra-party fighting, the pandemic will become the lesser enemy. Until we wake up one day in the situation of China or Italy.

Avoiding a Stupidity Pandemic

American astrophysicist, Neil de Grass Tyson, said that “we are living in the middle of a massive experiment worldwide – will people listen to scientists?”

Sri Lanka’s record so far is not very encouraging. Our responses to the epidemic seem to be characterised more by prejudices and preferences than by facts and reason. Placing an army general at the helm of the campaign against the epidemic is as inane as asking a medical doctor with zero-military training to lead a war. Most of the quarantine centres are located in the North and the East because the political leaders are unwilling to antagonise their Sinhala base. In an even more disturbing development, most of the treatment hospitals are located outside the North and the East. 

Contrary to claims by some circles, Lankan doctors have not developed a cure for Covid-19. The use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are experimental at best. The false boast of the two drugs being certain cures might make uninfected people disregard the threat posed by Covid-19; and some of the infected who are unwilling to go to hospitals might decide to try a spot of self-cure. (Contrary to claims by some local politicians, these drugs have not been approved by America’s FDA as a proven cure for Covid-19).

People turn to religion in times of crisis. That is understandable. But given the nature of the crisis, this embracing of religion must be done individually and not collectively. Catholic and Islamic religious gatherings have been cancelled by respective religious leaders, but the Buddhist hierarchy has failed to take similar precautionary measures. The monk in charge of Siripada issued a statement asking pilgrims to keep on coming. Ven. Galkande Dhammanada Thero has reminded us that even the Buddha, when sick, followed the advice of physicians such as Jeevaka and Komara pachcha. But his remains a lone voice of reason in a sea of myth and superstition. 

The silence of the Mahanayake Theros combined with the government’s hands-off attitude has created a vacuum in which mass gatherings in the name of faith can still take place. The best case in point was the Christian religious ceremony in Jaffna conducted by a pastor from Switzerland who was tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home. Whether he brought the virus with him or whether he contacted it here is uncertain. What is certain is that hundreds of people have been placed in danger. The only way to avoid such instances is for the government to ban all mass religious gatherings and for religious leaders to ask their followers to practice their faith from the safety of their homes.  

Yesterday’s incident in the Anuradhapura prison is a warning about another danger area that can explode to our common peril. The overcrowding and appalling sanitary conditions in our prisons renders such basic precautions as washing hands or maintaining social distance utterly impractical. The virus will spread like wildfire if it manages to gain even a bare foothold in any of the prisons. The government needs to think of precautionary measures now, such as reducing the overcrowded state in prisons by releasing those convicted of minor offenses or are in jail for not being able to pay fines.

We are today in a place we have never been before, facing a fast moving and still mutating virus. According to a report by a US federal task force, the pandemic might go on for 18 months or more, and it might contain of several waves. A certain percentage of those who are cured can become sick again. Or a second wave can come from abroad, once controls are relaxed.

The world must formulate a globalised response, rich countries helping poor countries, scientifically advanced countries assisting countries where science lags. Hopefully, the IMF, the World Bank and other multilateral finance institutions will set up special funds to assist the more vulnerable countries to cope with both the virus and its possibly even more devastating aftermath. According some analysts, China’s GDP growth in the first quarter of 2020 will be as low as it was in the immediate aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. Worse economic devastation will confront countries like ours.

Perhaps the most important lesson of the ongoing pandemic is the primacy of social spending, the importance of robust public health and education systems. Sri Lanka has so many private hospitals, yet none has offered its assistance to the government free of charge. Instead, two of the hospitals were trying to milk the epidemic by offering the Covid-19 tests at extortionate rates. If we fail to understand that for countries like us true national defence lies not in attack helicopters or warships or sophisticated weapons, but in an expanded public health service, in more hospital beds, intensive care units, outpatient units, doctors and nurses we would have learnt zilch from this crisis.

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    tissaranee
    you are easily the best journalist in the country
    pity dayan cannot follow your example

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      Ms Gunasekara,
      whoever whatever being said and done, they the RAJAPAKSHES criminals have looted the nation once again.
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      Just imagine, even if the opposition warned them about the danger before the nation, what they did was, made every effort to boom tourism industry by wrong means. They had no feasiblity studies but went on it.
      That bitch’s son Iraj Weeraratna – abusing powers illegally, spread lies misleading tourists. So we ourselves saw it during the recent visit paid to the country, how many of the CHINESE tourists came in… sometimes – not others but chinese only… were filled in airport.
      I left the country on the 4th March… even on that day, the airport was filled with Chinese arrivals. They had been wearing masks, but our people were not. They had been no hard actions being taken anyone enterin gthe country.: had no vision to control the arrivals.
      To tell you, we were at the airport, not many controls were there except a ridiculous IR machine was set to control chinese. ::: All these were not good enough .. to our knowledge.
      After 5th March or even later only they started controlling.
      Now again, day before yestreday I have no idea about the TRUTHFULness of the information, but thoe pilgrmis returned from India were not brought to quarantine stations (first batch).
      They the authorties act – to the very same manner, Rajakashes get on with GULLIBLE stupid masses in this country.
      The gullible people would not utter a single voice against Rajanos, because there is a big threat against MEDIA in the country today. That is called media blackout.
      We know truths, being out of the country, but self-imposed censure to media is in place -b ecause they the journos are scared of free posts.
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        To save the country you have to get rid of not only Corona-Virus infection, but also the more deadlier Gota’s Co-Ranaviru-s infection.

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          Where are the Yellow Robes? why cannot these Mahanayakas hold any pirith ceremony to chase this Korona Devil which is destroying our country. Tourism came to 0 level. Over 60 factories closed five star hotels became free star hotels. all the ministers gone underground in fear of the Korona. Minister Rambukwella told that he will destroy the Corona in 24 Hrs. and he went into hiding. where are the Ranavirus and Korona Virus? but Korona is spreading widely all over the country.

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            Thisaranee Covid is a panic and fake threat to destroy China and Asian economies and make America great again!
            Sri Lanka being shut down with endless curfews to destroy the economy and enable the Rogue State that developed Covid 19 bioweapon to destroy Asian economies is very likely busy land grabbing and setting up its military bases and Indian Ocean traps while Lankans are all locked down by the US citizen Rajapaksa dictatorship.
            Everyone has forgotten the Easter Carnage staged for this same purpose to turn Lanka into the unsinkable aircraft carrier of the biggest Rogue State in the world.
            Thisaranee you have lost the plot! Though there are only 90 cases of COvid and no one has died the economy is destroyed. Better for us all to get the virus which is mild in hot and humid tropical countries and build up our immunities before the rainy weather. This lock down and curfew is destroying the country and an act of brainless leaders and Health Minister and military dictator! No other Asian country has done this but China!

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            Abdul Sabry – The biggest virus is the MMV (Medamulana Musalaya Virus) which has been destroying our country!

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            Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

            Brilliant
            Thanks for keeping it brief.
            Keep up your good work.

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          Dr. Gnana Sankaralingam
          Gota’s Co-Ranaviru-s virus is really great because it was selective and deadly. It attacked only Demala LTTE terrorists and eliminated them.
          Hope that virus will be able to eliminate all racists who talk about Separatism, Federal System, Maximum Devolution.

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            As a first step, some foreign countries who are concerned of the rights of humans who are living there have taken measures to prevent these Co-Ranaviru-s entering those countries. Very soon world authorities will formulate an antidote course to eradicate these Co-Ranaviru-s. When this happens all racists who talk about no devolution, unitary system and Sinhala supremacy will be eliminated.

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            Gota Virus is even more dangerous than COVID 19: Just imagine how they killed two another PRISONERs in Anurapura day beffore yesterday. Why is that – Rajakahses to return to kill people in this country.. Recalling that 52 fake govt. also claimed to have killed some prisoners. ‘
            People should use their brains next time… marginalising these ballige puthas forever.

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          Sorry. Not going to happen

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          Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

          Brilliant
          Thanks for keeping it brief.
          Keep up your good work.

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            Dear Native Vedda,
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            Eagle’s problem is pathological – that we call in Germany as ” Alzheimer bulimia”. He just forgets to spew.
            This guys psychology should be studied by a PhD thesis. I dont know a single person whose hatreds than that of this man. As repeatedly shared, it should be because him being raped by a gang of tamils and muslims at Peradeniya. I myself spent a year at Pera before leaving for Europe. I did not know that ALMA mater Pera would produce the kind of racists.
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            Btw, this guys should be an early octagenarian.

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          Eagle Brain Dead Blind Eye

          Brilliant
          Thanks for keeping it brief.
          Keep up your good work.

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara,

      RE: A Bell Tolls For The World

      “Not only did she organise a meeting to felicitate herself; she also praised the participants (who were seated shoulder to shoulder) for coming to her meeting even against the advice of medical professionals. Had the election not been postponed, Sri Lanka would have been overwhelmed not only by a viral pandemic but also by a stupidity pandemic.”

      Thanks for the article. The stupidity epidemic was there for quite some time. Now it has become a stupidity pandemic and gone viral. Imbeciles, politicians, monks, priests, ulama , school boys, event organizers and members of Parliament including the President had been infected.

      Social distancing and personal distancing, is best until effective antivirals and a vaccine is available. Do not be a host to the Covid-19 virus. Do the imbeciles , mean measured IQ 79, get it?

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        Amarasiri,
        “Social distancing and personal distancing, is best until effective antivirals and a vaccine is available. Do not be a host to the Covid-19 virus. Do the imbeciles , mean measured IQ 79, get it?

        Go and tell this to smart people with high IQ in Western countries. It is they who have not been able to grasp this.

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          Eagle Confused Eye,

          The President Gon Gotabaya Rajaoaksa is certainly not smart, even though he spent 15 years in the West. Schoolboys and monks are going around him, and the virus is going around every imbecile.

          The so-called “smart people”, in western countries have a mean IQ of 99. They do have plenty of stupid people below IQ 99. The land of Native Veddah Aethho, have more as a percentage of the population, like Iran.

          Now the mean IQ of the Chinese, the South Koreans, the Taiwanese, and Singaporeans fall between 106-108. They were able to contain it better.

          The new new hypothesis is that, everything else being equal, the stupider will spread it. Of course the cultural and religious practices will complicate it.

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            Amarasiri

            By that logic you must be one of the first to get the disease with the mean IQ of less than 60

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            If that was true you would be the first to catch the virus Amarisiri.

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      Dear Friends,
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      My question is if according to the TEST, ones taken to quarantining are negative – why to keep them over 14 days in those houses ?
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      Can the most squeezed govt, due to RAJAKAKSHE debts, with 5 billions of US dollars to be paid in this year as debts, how can they afford longer held quarantining ?
      :
      If 6000 rps would cost a testing, why not they after the quarantining set free ? That way the begging govt could save enough funds RIGHT ?

      They the authorities should test everyone entering in quarantainig on the 1 day or the second day… depending on the outcome of results, they should be released, .. that way, they can give some reliefs to the doubtful people and also saving some costs that are unncessarily being used keeping them in houses on the cost of the govt right ?

      Those who live like animals in ITALY or KOREA, on their return to srilanka to show colours, even if they are like dirty pigs in those countries is not digestable.
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      Everyone who spends 14-day quarantaining should be issued a paper.. which they have to produce before AIRPORT authorities so that they can leave the country.. else, their disembarkaton ports will reject them.
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      I have suggested this to EUROPEAN airports.. since UNLAWFUL behaviour of srilanken labourers that arrived in srilanka lately… cause all my nerves.

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        Ms Maralathoni,
        “Can the most squeezed govt, due to RAJAKAKSHE debts, with 5 billions of US dollars to be paid in this year as debts, how can they afford longer held quarantining ?”

        Please stop your Maralathoniya.
        For your information, in 2005 the debt was around Rs. 2 trillion. Rajapakshe regime borrowed about Rs. 5 trillion and in 2015 when the ‘Jadapalana’ Government came to power the debt was around Rs. 7 trillion. The ‘Jadapalana’ Government has borrowed about Rs. 5 trillion increasing the debt to Rs. 12 trillion.
        For the Rs. 5 trillion Rajapakshe regime borrowed, we can see the output. Hambantota Port, Mattala Airport, Southern expressway, improving infrastructure in the North and East, improvement in roads all over the country etc.
        Can you find out from Ra nil Wikunanasingham what he did with Rs. 5 trillion he borrowed?
        To my knowledge, they have spent hell of a lot of money for drafting the new Constitution with Federal System. Who benefitted out of this useless thing done to please Malabar Wellala separatist politicians?

        Anyway, you do not have to bother about debt repayment. Leave that to President Rajapakshe. He will not come after you asking for a loan.

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          Ultra BP Mahindapalayo @

          Leave that to President ? A man who has not controlled over the annual school cricket matches ? but to rely on him further as country ‘s leader. ? You should be insane to do so right ?
          :
          You the kind ULTRA BPs and backlikcers of Rajaakshes would do anything and everything to be good books of him – but still over 60 lacks of people are now fed up Rajapakshes and Gotlers.. is that clear to you ?
          :
          You may be suffering from Demencia not being able to see it back, but those who are aware of the truths know it, that Rajakashes are born rabid dogs.. that have never thought the grievances of the people but of their pockets. Remember ?:
          .
          We the sinhala or srilanken diasphora living in europe pumped them millions in Euros at the time, Tsunami hit the island nation, but what happened was, shamelessly bugger et al abused the funds as if they were sent to them. Thanks to CBK govt – world opened their eyes.. thanks to late Mr Kadirgamar, whose value is well known to the europeans…. and assessed it accordingly, – and that was the reason them to pour that much of funds to the nation, but BPs of Rajapakshes abused them shamelessly.
          :
          Now again, having misled the masses of your nature, whose staple food is punnaku, have brought the rascals back – and dire consquences are also facing since then.
          Not a single nation would respect the rascals but Ranil and CBK.
          Latter are known to the world as respectful leaders. They can still move west and america by their good speeches. Anyways, rascals can move the punnaku eaters by spreading BLANT lies and myths such as the one lately put to air in Kelaniya Area.
          :
          May natural selection be on the BPs and RAJAPAKSHES …. and hope the goodies would remain at this critical CORONA crisis of the island nation.

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      Ms Gunasekara,
      we dont need to write much, please listen to the following video.
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      He has been addressing almost everything.
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      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWQl2mXntJI

      I think Pawithara Wanniaranachita should be good enough to a Padikkama.

      This govt has not a single good MINISTER even if PEOPLE kept loads of HOPEs after electing the president. President became CARICATURE of RAJAPAKSHE PALHORU CO:

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      Ms. Tissaraner Gunasekera,

      “Donald Trump said the virus was just like the flu, and will vanish miraculously. On the day Italy’s infectious cases exceeded 400, the leader of the ruling Democratic Party urged Italians not to change their habits. Iranian leaders refused to lockdown virus epicentres in the country and went ahead with a planned parliamentary election. Sri Lanka’s Tourist Board put out an ad touting the country as a safe-zone from Covid-19. “

      Thanks for your well-researched article. Yes, after the initial cover-up, the Chinese fessed up, and corrected it. It is my understanding, that is was the local authorities, the provincial communist authorities, who did not want to admit that they an a infection epidemic, and hoping that it will go away. It did not. The center had to step in and take control.

      In Europe, USA and rest of the world, it was a Chinese problem, and now a global problem.

      Yes, there is a lot of water under the bridge. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa allowing schoolboys, Organizers and monks have their way, and acting like a wimp, yes wimp. Hopefully, there are others who can take correct decisions and make it happen.

      Yes, it is hard given the mean IW of 79 of the populace, and the many unproven cultural and religious beliefs. Unfortunately for them and the country, COVID-29 does not care, and only looking for carriers for propagation.

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    CT, you should have got this article fact checked by sources knowledgeable on the subject.
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    The typically sensationalised view of COVID 19 in the aticle is founded on ignorance (of the science of the virus), its strength as a pathogen and most of all, political prejudice against China The writer blames every one from the Chinese president and Donald Trump to the mahanayaka theros due to her getting the facts wrong.

    Her panic founded in ignorance doesn’t allow her to see the fact that COVID 19 is less than 10% as virulent as the flu and the common cold viruses and most people infected will not show symptoms unti ‘tested’. Nor will they be infectious, if basic sanitary measures are adopted.

    She is using a ‘study’ by the University of Southampton as evidence that had the Chinese response been quicker, the pandemic could have been avoided. This is sheer bollocks!. First of all, Southampton of a third grade university playing political games to attract research funding. If she wanted to prove a point, more credible witnesses are needed.

    She calls Covid-19, ‘birthed in China’ firther pointing to ignorance. The initial calls to it as Wuhan Virus by some US right wingers was quickly discarde following revelations in scientific literature that its present everywhere.

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      Ronnie Vitharana exhibits a clear case of the stupidity pandemic that Tisaranee speaks of in her article. Hopefully it is not taking hold in Toronto.

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      Ronnie Vitharana: I have seen four legged bulls but never a two legged. Please publish your photograph under comments.

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      The strains identified in Italy and South Korea are distinct from the one that spread in China. The pattern of spread also tells us something.
      CT is used by a large group of anti-China fanatics who are selective with their data.
      Although a Chinese spokesperson only hinted at the possibility of an American source, growing evidence suggests that it is more than a possibility.

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      Where are the Yellow Robes? why cannot these Mahanayakas hold any pirith ceremony to chase this Korona Devil which is destroying our country. Tourism came to 0 level. Over 60 factories closed five star hotels became free star hotels. all the ministers gone underground in fear of the Korona. Minister Rambukwella told that he will destroy the Corona in 24 Hrs. but it is spreading widely all over the country.

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        Abul Sabry
        There are two viruses that are deadlier than Corona virus.
        One of them was brought to this country by colonial parasites. That virus killed tens and thousands of Native Sinhalayo.
        The other one is a virus saved by King Senerath and spread it all over the country when ‘Parangi’ wanted to eliminate that. King Senerath was not aware that it is a deadly virus.
        Native Sinhalayo should do whatever they can to bring these two viruses under control.

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          Abul Sabry,
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          Eagle virus is the virus we have to irradicate since it is connected with ULTRA racism:
          Every second word drops down from the cesspit of ULTRA racist Eagle aka Mahindapala is racial.
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          I have no idea, why he being in his early 80ties, stay that WEAPON like against TAMILS and MUSLIMs ?.

          My assumptions are
          1) Eagle Eye may well have been raped by a gang of tamils during his UNDER GRADUATE at Peradeniya
          2) He is said to have got married to a TAMIL woman, – unfortunatley the woman should have raped him all decades long.
          Apart from that, I cant see any good reason, this man to BEHAVE this much racial, the magnitude would have been NO MILDER to Nagasaki bomb.

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    very good article. I beleive that medical professionals have been under utilized in getting professional advice and educating the public. Being a retired medical microbiologist, I was surprised that not a single medical virologist came on AV media to speak on Covid 19. To add to that neither a virologist nor a microbiologist has been included as a member of the expert committee.Currently Sri Lanka has quite a number of consultant microbiologists and virologists. They may be able to contribute a great deal to control this epidemic.

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      Dr.R.Sene Sri lanka has got all that in the Army c ommand centre.An empty headed woman is in charge of Health while a qualified Doctor is exporting vegetables. The problem came up in Dec (3rd?) The parliament was in action and there were three doctors in the parliament. Was any one consulted.

      JRj in his death bed had won.He had destroyed the country in full and none of his successors has realised the truth.He destroyed the UNP and he destroyed our income. WE ARE BEGGARS.

      Long live Adrian W

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        Dr.R.Seneviratne. If there is any shame in them both the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Health should resign.

        M/FA should have made arrangements through the Ambassador there to house the people who came from Korea Italy and China in those countries itself without exposing the secure people of an ISLAND state.

        M/Health knew about the Virus in Dec 2019.She should have made it impossible for any person to depart from the Air Port / Sea Port without Medical clearance.All necessarey facilities should have been provided to the staff at the Air Port/ Sea Port.The ports could have been sealed with members of the large army the government command.
        The people who handle the hand held IR/UV theremometer seems to lack knowledge as to how it should be operated.They should have been trained.
        The people in charge are akin to Gonnas in a Pottery shop.

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      Dr. R Seneviratne,

      “I was surprised that not a single medical virologist came on AV media to speak on Covid 19”

      It doesn’t need a virologist or a microbiologist to tell people, how to cough, keep distance of 1 meter, wash hands ,etc. You guys stay protected and find a cure. If not keep getting paid not doing anything as always.

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        Amila W. You foul mouted idiot. What Dr.R.S. said was true.In this country the “bull barks and the dog provide milk”
        How silly could you be?

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          I am an idiot but you & Dr.R.S are “Modayas”. You know that Modayas are worse than idiots and found only in SL, importance wasn’t given to find a new word for it.

          These book-worm Modayas like Dr.R.S with big, big titles, have no talents to add anything valuable to the medical science to show country’s pride. Always fighting for car permits, and good schools, now coming in public complaining no chances given to show their fatty lethargic faces on TV channels. Modaya, go and check job descriptions of virologist & microbiologist and decide what these guys are supposed to be doing. Come on local TV and say the same what we find on any website these days? Come on Dr. R. S, do something worthy and the media will come behind you…

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      ” very good article. I beleive that medical professionals have been under utilized in getting professional advice and educating the public “

      Dr. do you mean the GMOA is underutilised by Royal goverment? If you read Tisaranee Gunasekara essay yo may start to think so. But I think Royals are using the medical, legal professional very well. So don’t take Tissaranee Gunasekara too seriously. But just contribute for Slap Party’s “Help Coronaviruses of the country.”

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    Dr Rani has been pleading with Prez Nanadsen to call an All Party Conference from the time the first Group of Corona carriers landed in Katunayaka .

    Now it is too late according to Ms T’s own advice, because she is worried about Prez Nandasena catching the Corona even if Nande get on to the Stage , let alone sitting face to face with Dr Rani, Sampathar, Rauf Hakeem, Bathdeen, Ganeshan, and Anura Kumara.

    Now UNP Uncle Karu who didn’t get a nomination to contest, or even to go on the National List is either from Dr Rani or UNP Opp Leader Keselwatta Kid,, is calling for an All Prty Conference too.

    I am a bit confused about Uncle Karu’s call..

    I know UNP has two parties now although Dr Rani controls both.
    Which Party does Uncle Karu is going to represent at his All Party Conference?.

    On a positive note, the UNP Opposition Leader demands that Prez Nandasena give 10,000 Ruppiah a Month to each Family in Lankawe to control Corona.
    This sounds a very generous, fantastic move to help our long suffering Dalits.

    Instead of this all Party Conferences, Will the UNP Supremo Dr Rani muster his Golayas now and present a Budget with this 10k as the center piece and approve it with all other programs ,which Prez Nande took to the Voters.
    And approve it so that Prez Nanadasena can get over that Budget restrictions after April, and liberate the Nation again from this double whammy of Corona Infection and the Economic decimation..

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      ” On a positive note, the UNP Opposition Leader demands that Prez Nandasena give 10,000 Ruppiah a Month to each Family in Lankawe to control Corona.
      This sounds a very generous, fantastic move to help our long suffering Dalits.”

      Sumane: For people who had been living on the poor tax payer these requests are dime a dozen. They do not have cerebral matter.They should have stepped in, in Dec 2019 itself when he was the Leader of the opposition, and prevented this calamity.

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    ‘Placing an army general at the helm of the campaign against the epidemic is as inane as asking a medical doctor with zero-military training to lead a war.’
    .
    Not so. The General is experienced in efficient administration, the analogy is false.
    .
    ‘Most of the quarantine centres are located in the North and the East because the political leaders are unwilling to antagonise their Sinhala base.’
    .
    These are the quarantine centres. Pompemadu, Poonani, Kandakadu, Panichchankarni,
    Mayankulam, Borewewa, Galkanda, Kahagolla, Diyatalawa, Damminna and Rantambe. How can
    you say that most are in the North or East?
    .
    ‘ In an even more disturbing development, most of the treatment hospitals are located outside the North and the East.’
    .
    There are treatment centres in Jaffna, Batticaloa and Negombo. Most centres are in Colombo and
    the South because the population is more dense there.
    .
    ‘The silence of the Mahanayake Theros combined with the government’s hands-off attitude has created a vacuum in which mass gatherings in the name of faith can still take place. ‘
    .
    Here I have to agree with the writer, although her example of the Swiss Pastor has nothing to do
    with the Mahanayakas.
    .
    Some authors see a Rajapakse behind every single calamity that befalls this country. They should be more cautious in their claims.

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      Adrian, Any relation of Adrian Wijesinghe the gold collector?

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    Private hospitals have to be taken over under emergency regulations and operated as public hospitals forthwith, while upgrading public hospitals to the standards (or close to) in terms of cleanliness and hygiene, superstructure and environment of the private hospitals. The military must take control of public administration and the health services given power to exercise executive authority. The politicians must be kept away from the disaster as much as possible as those parasitic vermin will unhesitatingly kill millions to achieve or stay in power. The loot from the bond scams from Mahendran to Cabraal and other rogues from Helping Hambantota to tsunami rorts and other major racketeers’ should be confiscated and used for public health initiatives. All luxury vehicles given to members of parliament should be auctioned forthwith and they should be given a three-wheel tuk-tuk instead. The moneys thus collected should go towards installing more ventillators and piped oxygen for ICU beds across the country. Those unwilling to play ball should be put behind bars until the pandemic is over, maybe in a few months’ time.

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      Las Pethy: You are wrong in that “Those unwilling to play ball should be put behind bars until the pandemic is over, maybe in a few months’ time.’

      Thoise not willing to play ball should be put into sealed romm with highly infected Covid patients.

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      As an ordinary citizen, what deeply disturbs and grieves me is that available resources at Hambantota do not seem to have been considered for utilization in this crisis.
      Hambantota has two government hospitals – the old Base Hospital and the massive new District General Hospital.
      There are enormous under-utilized buildings, such as the “conference centre” that could easily have been converted to quarantine centres. The Shangri-La hotel, now devoid of tourists, could also easily have been comandeered for the purpose.
      The expressway provides a comfortable 2 1/2 hour drive from Katunayake or Colombo. Better still, the Mattala airport is a 20 minute flight from Katunayake. Aircraft carrying those returning from “high infection rate” countries could have been diverted there, from where they could easily have been transported to Hambantota for quarantine.
      Instead of which we are transporting quarantine candidates who have already spent several hours on board flights, for several more hours by road from Katunayake to Punanai, Polonnaruwa, Vavuniya, Rantambe and Diyatalawa (the latter station too is more quickly accessed from Mattala).
      Why is Hambantota not being utilized? I would like to know.

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      if anyone makes every effort to achieve gains, not having done proper feasibility studies, that would end up us being in catastrophical consequences. Nepal, bangaladhesh and india have almost controlled their numbers. but srilanka not yet. that is the situation back in my home country today. Not having done enough on control of virus, they promoted tourism. So chinese arrivals became really high apart from others came in from EU countries. Even on the 4th March, when we left the country, srilanken airport was filled with chinese tourists. If opposition forces would not protest, they would have been continuing with their election campaigns. Thanks to independent election commission and their members, they made a quick decisions – people in the country should indebted to EC. And people should stand against false propaganists such as Iraj Weerarathna.

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    The gestation period is 14 days once you come in contact with persons infected with Covid19. How many have done so and are out there can only be a guess at this stage. So there cannot be a relaxation of attitudes or behavior. In the weeks and days ahead the number of positive cases are bound to increase exponentially. I think we should first and foremost address ourselves to the stupidity pandemic Tisaranee speaks of.

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    you have given some hints. i will make it blunt.people mostly do not know the nature of ‘modern state’ which is secular. u cannot rule a modern country by listening ecclesiastical leaders on matters pertaining to economic policy, place of IT, human/minority rights and even corona. if the rulers do not keep such leaders in their respective places then they are in for some great catastrophe. is it possible for all minority leaders to listen to their religious leaders to articulate their demands on matters such as devolution, human rights and language rights. SWRD had to pay very heavily and that is history. best lesson from history is that no one learns anything from history. we are no exception.
    -dayal

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    Quite a few of us will greedily gobble up any anti-China venom.
    Tissaranee is much less than an exception.
    There was an error in not recognizing that the infection was communicable, but the Chinese government (not the local authority) acted much faster than suggested in the article once it was known.
    No other country has acted to save itself and the rest of the world like China has. It has been most open with information and sharing experience. Europeans are increasingly appreciative of China’s role, despite slander by the US and its President.
    Also strains of the virus affecting Europe and South Korea are not the same as the one in Wuhan. What does it tell us about the origins of the virus?
    Prejudice shuts the brain to honest and scientific analysis.

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      SJ,

      Where did hear the one afflicting Europe and South Korea are different from the one in Wuhan?

      There are many conspiracy theories floating around, but very little evidence other than that it originated in a fish market in Wuhan.

      China was able to use draconian shutdown to attain control over the spread even after initial missteps. Western countries are not able to use the same methods but they are trying. A pandemic doesn’t care whether one is left or right

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        Agnos
        The wet market theory itself is now in doubt.
        Kindly check on Global Research for more information.
        The suggestion of US origin appeared first in Ashahi Shimbun (Japan) and a Taiwanese newspaper.
        There is no firm evidence of its originating in China, although China initially accepted the suggestion that its origins were in the Wuhan wet market and curbed consumption of wildlife.
        *
        It was not draconian steps alone but a society that has a sense of collective responsibility.
        If the West cannot use methods used by China or South Korea why are the results so vastly varying between countries?
        *
        The US did nothing to help but accused China of all manner of things.
        China handled the problem admirably, although it is some way to go owing to outside infections.
        China did not suggest a conspiracy but suggested the possibility of a US origin, for which there is ample circumstantial evidence.
        Study the evidence before dismissing it.
        However, it is worth noting that the US stands accused of using germ warfare against Korea and Cuba, and still has a biological weapons programme.

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          Excellent comments…Mate.
          Gathered a lot of good information… Thank you….Keep up the good work..

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        Agnos
        See
        https://weather.com/en-IN/india/science/news/2020-03-09-covid-19-study-identifies-two-coronavirus-types-highlights-peculiar
        Also the conspiracy theory started with the claim that it was a Chinese made virus that leaked.
        Not many around here ever questions such claims that suit their respective faiths.

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          SJ,

          A long time ago I checked Global Research and found it to be handled by conspiracy-minded leftists who often distorted the truth just as many people on the right do. So I wouldn’t put much weight to them, but will have an open mind.

          The weather.com article you give above–and the original peer-reviewed study it refers to– does show the L and S types. But it doesn’t support any claim of any Western country unleashing the virus.

          I agree that unlike in the West, the people in China have a better sense of the collective. That is a known cultural difference between the West and the East. But China most probably understated its death toll.

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            “But China most probably understated its death toll.”
            Now you make utterances without evidence.
            *
            If it is simply East v. West, why are things varying in countries in each category.
            My point is that the origins pointed to initially (Chinese lab bats, snakes etc.) were all proven inaccurate.
            Besides, the leading manufacturer of viruses is close to where you are, and has indulged in germ warfare several times before. (There are other factors too to consider.)
            *
            People who jump at the first opportunity to attack China (or Russia or Cuba) do not have the heart to consider possibilities that put the West in the dock.
            *
            It is not unleashing by any that was claimed by the Chinese official, but the possibility of an American source. That is far different from the string of conspiracy theories of US origin.
            Overall, Global Research is more credible than any mainstream medium of the US or UK. If not for GR I would not have known about the L & S types. Not many in the mainstream media like to talk about it.
            GR articles are by individuals and some are flawed, but nowhere near the global media fairy tales.

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              SJ,

              Given the censorship and blocking of internet access in China, the truth doesn’t always get out. Whether it is is market stats or health stats, the Communist party’s total control makes any stats suspect. It is something that has to be assumed; what evidence can we ask for when the party manipulates everything?

              In the US, a President’s lies always get exposed, sooner or later, but not so in China.

              As for varying levels of response to the virus, it depends on the ration of aging vs youthful population, how seriously leaders take it and plan for it, etc.

              In the Western world, Angela Merkel, herself a scientist, has shown better leadership than others, and they have also been lucky in that they got some lead time. Their death rate has been 0.4%.

              Italy’s aging population resulted in the highest death rates. Iran is struggling under US sanctions and poor preparation. Their theocracy also suppresses the truth, not unlike China in that respect. Some other countries didn’t realize the severity of the epidemic.until the rate of death and infection threatened to grow exponentially.

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            Agnos
            There is an interesting article by Dr Rajasingasm in CT that may persuade you otherwise

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              Agnos, here we go again with “Their theocracy also suppresses the truth, not unlike China in that respect.”
              Who suppresses the truth more than the USA?
              Truth has been suppressed by US regimes several times over to destroy countries. You do not have a short memory I guess.
              Do the people know the truth about the Vietnam War, even today?
              People are lied to to protect the interests of big business.
              *
              The people of China believed their government and cooperated fully.
              The Iranian theocracy is not my prescription, but it cares for its people better than the US government.
              Iran seems well placed get control over the crisis before the USA.

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                SJ,

                You are being flippant in dismissing the way countries like China, Russia and Iran treat their press. There is no press freedom in these countries and many critics who raised their voices are incarcerated under inhuman conditions. Some were murdered. Do you know the number of people who are trying to escape these countries and settle down in the West?

                You can come up with any number of falsehoods that might have originated from the US, but you can’t take away the fact that there is a very high degree of press freedom here, except for some attempts by Trump to control press access.

                Anyway, it is hard for me to sustain any discussion with people like you who are far to the left of someone like Bernie Sanders.

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                  The subject here is not how states treats dissent. Yet, I am sure that no one can match the US witch hunt of Assange.
                  You rely on utterly biased US media that spare no effort to demonize the left and the rivals of the US.
                  China is fast overtaking the US thanks to what was achieved before it went capitalist. Have you first hand or reliable information on how the judicial system works in China or Russia? You should know better than I do about how money can bury justice in the US.
                  *
                  People rush for gold. There is more money to earn in the US. (Global poverty is the product of imperialist plunder. You cannot get the relevant information from the NYT or Wall Street Journal.)
                  Despite whatever ‘press access’, the US has the most ill informed public in international matters, and that includes the educated lot.
                  *
                  To come to the issue that concerns us in the Third World:
                  The state in the US pulled the wool over the eyes of the entire population to wage war against weak countries in this century. The earlier record is just as bad.
                  You are startled at the hint that the virus probably originated in the US, but keep calm when the mainstream media float fabrications accusing the Chinese of evil intentions.
                  Look at the mess the US is in by destroying a public health system.
                  The US big business is out to make money out of a crisis.
                  The Cubans will help if asked. They helped the Italians who had been abandoned by fellow Europeans.
                  The Chinese have been most generous.
                  *
                  Do not panic about Sanders.
                  Even if he is elected, he cannot do much as long as it is big business and the war industry that call the shots.

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                    SJ,

                    I think you misunderstood my mention of Bernie Sanders. He advocates something similar to what the Scandinavian countries have, which is not a problem to me. It is the people even further left to him who admire China, Cuba and Russia that I have a problem with.

                    Maybe instead of reading the conspiratorial Global Research, you should read magazines like Current Affairs and Jacobin. Edited by young people on the left who are Bernie supporters, these magazines are factual and critical of the establishment and the Right wing in the US. Unlike in China, the US doesn’t censor them. The Nation, Atlantic, Vox, Politico, Al Jazeera are available in addition to the NYT, WaPo, Guardian and CNN. I don’t spend any time with Murdoch-owned Fox News, WSJ, etc.

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                      “Anyway, it is hard for me to sustain any discussion with people like you who are far to the left of someone like Bernie Sanders.”
                      Is there a set limit of how left one can be for you to tolerate?
                      *
                      I read Jacobin often, and it does not subscribe to the charges levelled against China and is admirably supportive of Cuba.
                      I mostly read non-left media for news, even as I know how some of them twist information.
                      Interpretation apart, has Global Research been caught lying the way the NYT and Guardian have been recently?
                      Russia Today is more trustworthy than the NYT, the Guardian and the BBC.
                      *
                      Despite all the so-called freedom of opinion, the US destroyed countries based on lies backed by its media.
                      What is the worth of a freedom of opinion smothered by lies propagated by the big media.

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              The theory that under high temperatures the virus loses its effectiveness has been considered but the are some counter examples in Australia and UAE, where at this time temperatures are as high as in SL. So serious scientists are waiting for more data to come up with firm conclusions.

              Ms. Rajasingham-Senanayake ( Aside: Is she a sister of Rajani Rajasingham Thiranagama?)’s doctorate was probably in anthropology. I would leave issues about viruses to someone in the hard sciences– a biomedical scientist or a virologist.

              Her conclusion about biological weapons is baseless and comes from excessive bias or paranoia.

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      ” What does it tell us about the origins of the virus? ”

      It is very simply. Just like Wuhan strain came out of Wuhan defense factory, the SK and EU ones also came out of the respective countries defense factories!

      BTW, Do you know the common cold has many strains active at the same time in one place and the vaccine is always a guess work of which strains are going to be more active in the next season?

      Any way what the phone raping UOJ has invented out of the strain differences in those countries?

      Don’t just keep asking question questions, but move the heavyweight bottom to answer some questions too.

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        You really astound me.
        Your bottom, whatever weight, produces tons of s*** that you share with others.
        What laxative do you use?

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          Which laxative?

          Anything does for drake does for duck too. I also drop out New King Thirukaiwal and have gone back to Sri Mao’s Whip, after seeing you. Didn’t her whip worked for you well. You might have knowledge about Vanathi, Deva……too.

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            I did not know that your posterior carries a long tail.
            See a GOOD doctor.

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              ” I did not know that your posterior carries a long tail. “
              What is the hell you ever did know in the world, honestly? At least did you know Siri Mao had couples of tails? I doubt it! You never did see that when you were hanging behind that.

              ” See a GOOD doctor. “ Yep, that may help me because I am still living. But even that wouldn’t help a dead Savam like you. Because, see, I replied to you for that many times, but as Savam it is not going in the expired nero cells. Poor soul!

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                Mallung
                Does the tail hurt?
                See a surgeon if necessary.
                A brain surgeon may be of help as well since the two organs seem pretty close by.

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                  “Does the tail hurt? ”

                  Your Tail Savams?

                  Not just the tail, even your back is stinky! Mouth too.

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    The writer’s observation that ‘Placing an army general at the helm of the campaign against the epidemic is as inane as asking a medical doctor with zero-military training to lead a war;’ placed alongside a commentator’s ‘Sri Lanka has got all that in the Army command centre; An empty headed woman is in charge of Health while a qualified Doctor is exporting vegetables;’ tell us that there is something deeply wrong in the way this country is run. What is evidently wrong is the way people are selected for important positions through political patronage and the disappearance of civil society, and with it the absence of civic sense. One is mostly struck by the submissive role universities are playing in our society.
    We have seen soldiers and policemen with guns on the streets for too long after the war. If a curb on movement is necessary against an outbreak of the corona virus, civil society should have been out in the forefront asking people to move about discreetly when needed. It should have been left to the Police with the Army called in as the last resort. This should not be used as a way of building up the image of problematic army commanders.
    China’s authoritarian regime showed its efficacy in imposing a lock-down to retard the spread of the disease. But this same authoritarianism also exacerbated the spread into a pandemic. Without active intellectual freedom, China, like Sri Lanka, would remain a backward country.

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      Rajan Hoole had made a very stupid comment. You show your limits.

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      “China’s authoritarian regime showed its efficacy in imposing a lock-down to retard the spread of the disease. But this same authoritarianism also exacerbated the spread into a pandemic. Without active intellectual freedom, China, like Sri Lanka, would remain a backward country.”
      One more who would swallow any anti-China fable without question.
      The WHO has admired China for the way it handled the pandemic.
      What has that to do with ‘authoritarian’ rule? Are cops watching every doorstep in China?
      It is the US that spies on its citizens using electronic media and IT.
      The Chinese society as a whole thinks more in terms of community than any European or North American ‘democracy’.
      Without public cooperation nothing is possible.
      *
      Does the commentator seriously think that China is backward?
      If it is a joke, it is not funny at all.

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        If concocting Wowal (bat) soup for Coronavirus is ultra modern culture and civilization and spreading out to the entire countries of the world with that kind of modern confucian message is ultra modern service to humanity, then China is not backward. Otherwise everyone who is losing his family for this disease or job for the following recesson is not going to wait for your approval to condemn Chinese government’s irresponsible act on this.
        It seems dog parties may be ending, but dogs are going to party on the falling down corpses.

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        SJ

        “Does the commentator seriously think that China is backward?”

        Is it advanced?
        The mudalali on my street corner is filthy rich, does it mean he is sophisticated?
        The tea planters have a posh lifestyle, does it mean they treat their labour well?

        “One more who would swallow any anti-China fable without question.”

        You should question yourself for being an unrepentant supporter of Mao, Mao’s China, Mao’s b***s carriers, Mao’s Great Leap Forward, terrible record on human rights, democracy, its record on land grabbing, …. frightening record on its African investment policies, …

        You may choose not to respond.

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          SJ

          One more feather in China’s sophisticated cap, its collusion with almost all the undemocratic fascist elements throughout third world and selling arms to them without any remorse, aiding and abetting war crimes and crimes against humanity, …..
          You better learn to calm yourself.

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      Rajan Hoole: At this moment, holding a responsible position in an “Independent Commission”, isn’t it better and advisable to refrain from entering into controversial political issues, that must be allowed to be handled by the authorities entrusted with the responsibilities to tackle this situation. You along with the other two Commissioners did your entrusted “JOB” well. When you are in that “Position”, even with heartburns, you are compelled to “Restrain” yourself from getting involved in matters of “Political” nature. This, I know, is difficult; but that is the way of life for many holding such positions, such as Law Enforcement officers, Judges, and many such “Public Officials”. I know, once, when you got into a similar situation, your Chairman had to come to your rescue and say, “it was your personal opinion” and you are “free to hold on to your personal view”. Take your own Chairman and the other colleague in the Commission as examples. They are setting the standards even for the members of the such “Independent Commssions” we got with the “19th Amendments”. Please don’t allow, you to be “Quoted” as a reason to do away with the “Independent Commissions”. “THEY” are waiting to find some “Loop Hole” to get rid of the “19th A” and the “Establishments” that came into being with it.

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        Doug, you’ve mixed up the Hooles.

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          Justin Case: Thanks for pointing my mistake. If that is the case, I withdraw any apologies to the Election Commissioner.

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      I thought the Yahapalana Government lead by Dr Rani and his UNP Cabinet did a good job of training the Civvies to take charge of our inhabitants by decimating the Army Intelligence , Putting in place the fully Civil Police Commission with IGP Putha in charge.and confining the Army Boys to the Barracks.

      I am also aware that a lot of those Civil Leaders like Dr Paikiosothy.s Good Governance, Friday Forum and a whole host of other NGOs lead by our regular columnist Dr Jehan Perera.did a yeoman service to train our inhabitants to be Civil and loyal Yahapalana supporters.

      Pity Prez Nandasean did not call them back in this hour of need ,to control the new rich arrivals from Italy , South Korea and Iran and protect our poor Inhabitants from Corona..

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        KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

        “Pity Prez Nandasean did not call them back in this hour of need ,to control the new rich arrivals from Italy , South Korea and Iran and protect our poor Inhabitants from Corona..”

        Dr Nandasena (DSc) appointed the Don Quixote (pronounced don kee-hoh-tee) single handed Kamal Gunawardena being the sole competent authority of Immigration and Emigration. Why worry when he is in charge?
        The Rana-Virus Shavendra seems to be running the Anti Coronavirus Show, single handedly.
        Is he an MBBS or MD? Why hasn’t Colombo Uni awarded him either DSc or LLD, given that it does not cost the uni an arm and a leg to bestow these paper titles on this patriot?

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          NV, to cut a diamond you need a diamond. That is why Co-Ranaviru-s Shavendra was appointed to tackle Corona-Virus.

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    Ms Thisaranee ——Thank you for lucidly written article …..

    ——You are dead right —-China gave birth to COVID-19 ——but continue with spreading disinformation and conspiracy theories that it was made by US Army —

    —–MaRa, Nandasena, cow-faced Airbus Namal, and Pohottuwa clan lunatics through fake news chanels – Patcha Derana and HiRu are working hard to exonerate criminal China from their accountability for creating CORONA and destroying the world.—-

    Trumpy is right calling it “China Virus”. He should praised for it alone let along his stupidity on other matters—–

    Now Sri Lanka is paying a high price for prostrating to China — the Snake Eating dictatorial regime that produced all kinds viruses in the human history.

    —–
    Thanks to the 19th Amendment – If not for it, Rajapakses would have already gone ahead with the election —

    Do everything possible to stop electing Pohottuwa back to power —

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    The sequence of events until the Election Commission taking charge was very frustrating. However, it is encouraging to see Doctors now in driving seat. Still, more Medical Professionals should strengthen the Chain of Command and Leadership.

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    TG here has proven with overwhelming evidnce, that just like other journalists. she is also just one EXPERT-FOR THE DAY. If I write another comment explaining her all the BS comment will be longer than her article and definitely it exceeds 300 words.
    TG, who or which doctor told you those two drugs used Malaria can be used as Anti-viral drugs. ?
    You talk about some countries or their leaders ignorance and carelessness. How about, both Italy and Span reports largest number of deaths per day or for a period of 24 hours. Italy say 793. I do not know whether it is the second 24 hrs. Spain reports a figure close 400 for the same period. Spain also had their LTTE problem of CataLonia and they had a ZAHARAN attack too.
    CUBA which is not a top tier country, has INTERFERON B as an ANTI-VIRAL DRUG. INTERFERON B AND SPECFIC vaccines both can be used but two different mechanisms.
    In Sri Lanka businesses, I am pretty sure, already, they have asked for FINANCIAL AIDS. The other groups are political parties – UNP alliances and JVP – ask postponing the election. Now, it has happened. So what, instead they could have asked to PPES ans use social distancing ( a new term). Rajjitha Senarathne and Sarath SFonskea also tried to profit from it and backfired it. They showed they make irresponsible claims.
    It is a Pandemic 180 have it. Yet you did not talk about very unrelated countries – China, Italy, Iran ans Spain, now UK says they may be the worst place, got the illness in very bad way.
    Anyway, Sri lanka has to consider about Tourism and getting back those who went overseas.
    Browse and see those two drugs anti-malarial drugs. May be the companies are trying to make a buck. You did not talk about how countries tried to use to make them rich.

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    TG also has been very negative about Mahanayake theros. The common candidate people always make the comment, that Bhikkus must talk ONLY when they ask and talk about only what they want. Here she says mahanayaks did not involve in it. What a stupid talk, Even though about 400 overseas travellers are in NIrODHAYANA (what is the English word for that ?) out of 77 or so infected people only SIX people are Locals. TG makes the story of Infected SWITZERLAND PRIESTS – a virus career probably infecting every one who attended his preachings. Her leaving some countries while be belittling some other countries is her Forte.
    I am pretty sure she did not read enough and instead wrote some crap because there are some idiots who would have orgasm if they can read some anti rajapakse, anti-sinhala, anti-buddhist, anti sri lankan and also anti-chinese, anti -iranian stuff.
    The problem will be how to control the movements of careers coming from overseas after the 14 day period.
    I do not think, Sri lanka can even establish a Interferon B manufacturing facility within a short period. So that workers of essential services can be pre-treated. If you by the same from wealthy countries, sri lanka will definitely have to sell assets to escape that. Even the $480, 000 coming after MCC will be handled by MCC’s own company and probably Milinda moragoda wii handle sri lankan side.

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      JD,
      Not just TG anyone with some brains would disagree with MAHANAYAKAS who did nothing at the time, SIVURU wearing ballige puthas set fire on the minority innocient muslim livelyhoods remember ? They are controlled by Rajakahe bps … so not single person with respect to truths of lord buddha should respect Mahanaayakas any more.
      :
      Rajakashe Palhoru looted the state to the core, what mahanayaka did was… nothing.
      Rajakshe palahoru misled kelaniya temple worshipers,.. what mahanayaka did was… nothing.
      To me, mahanayakas are just hypocrities and their behaviours are similar to that of amazonian sloths (faul tiere).

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    COVID -19 is an animal virus. It needs animal specific amino acids because of that it grow better in people eating animal proteins. At least sinhala buddhists and Hindians are not heavy, comparatively, meat eaters. They eat milk products, fish and eggs). So, they can not get it large numbers. Oriental countries eat so many kinds of animal flesh. that is why viral flues are common among Orientals. How many Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease patients were in the UK. ?. why did they terminated herds of cattle. Then the next one is chicken flu, there are so many strains, Vaccine needs changing every year. MERS came from middle east because of Camal meat eating,. I heard at least the German Patient resting in Sri lanka, even though his condition is serious, says, if saved I suppose, he would not eat meat again.
    India has so much migration of people. Yet the infection rate is very low. Sri lanka is also the same Only problem is their stubbornness.

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      JD,
      not stubbornness but the stupidity and lack of knowledge about the viral infections.
      :
      Just interview 100 people down there and get your facts right. They are used to put them above but not having the least knowledge about commonsense. In Europe, people are law-bound and civilized if the civilized scale would be 1-10, people in Europe

      Germany – 9
      France- 8
      Italy – 5
      England- 8, 9
      Switzerland -9
      Spain -6/7
      Portugal 6
      Sweden – 9
      Finnland 9
      Austria 9

      Srilanka – 2/3
      India 5
      Pakistan 4/5
      Iran 3/4
      Nepal – 6/7

      Believe or not why SRILANKA remains with the low numbers is connected with its being an island. UK and Thaiwan are the best example – them being island nations,-
      have put their curve more flattened than boarder countries such as Italy, Germany, France and the like.
      But if LEADERS would have been educated ones, lanken COVID-19 infected numbers would have been even less than 25 by now.
      :
      Nepal is poor than srilanka, but people are law-bound.. and that is why they have kept it lower in the region.

      Lower the civilizezd indicators, worst would be the outcome.

      Like LEADERs, like People.

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        “Nepal is poor than srilanka, but people are law-bound…”
        I thought that they had a massive uprising that got rid of the monarchy not long ago.

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      “COVID -19 is an animal virus. It needs animal specific amino acids because of that it grow better in people eating animal proteins.”

      This is one of the best howlers I’ve seen. Keep it up JayDee.

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    I do not know why the govt keep every covid-19 patient in the SAITM (NEVEIL FERNANDO hospital) instead of using a war in many other hospitals ?.

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    ………….Placing an Army General at the helm of the campaign against the epidemic is as inane as asking a Medical Doctor with zero-military training to lead a war…..

    But then, this is Srilanka: A Land like no other!
    Where else would you find a square peg in a round hole and a round peg in a square hole?!

    Basil Rajapakse, in self quarantine should be able now to read that English Poet John Donne…….
    Do not ask for whom the Bells toll; It tolls for Thee……

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      For all those who made stupid comments He won the war when you all were against it. So, now it is not much different. Even TG was grieving for LTTE and their political solution.
      WHO also says, wash your hands and face pretty often. do not touch anything that public touches; Govt has to identify those who have been infected, separate and isolate them

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    Reply to Rajan Hoole
    At a time when the rapidly developing COVID-19 hits globally, Sri Lanka is helpless without the support of TriForces.
    As the President took belated measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 such as making quarantine compulsory and closing down airports, it was imperative for Tri-Forces to deploy their members to improve infrastructure facilities, such as building hospital wards and quarantine centres.
    Due to the President’s desire to hold the election as scheduled and therefore his unwillingness to take the pandemic seriously, the society was in the dark until a curfew was imposed, initially in installments, starting from Puttalama.
    On a separate matter, I understand our airport staff is having problems with the regular laundry company and taxi companies, refusing to provide their respective services.
    I urge the Prime Minister to intervene in this and provide hotel facilities to the airport staff in the vicinity of the airport. The same facilities could be accorded to healthcare workers.
    The mistake I see here is appointing Army Commander to coordinate the “entire” COVID-19 mitigation process.
    The President should have appointed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who feels the pulse of the nation, as the “Overall Coordinator (OC) of the COVID-19 Mitigation Process” along with healthcare experts, officials involving essential services, Commanders of Tri-Forces and the AIGP.
    In other countries, the above mentioned heads of civil groups appear on one stage allowing the media to raise questions (pre-recorded) with regard to the mitigation process and the relief measures available to the public.
    Lastly, I urge the Prime Minister to hold a meeting with the former Speaker and Party Leaders including TNA, as the people in Northern Province are still in the dark.
    This is a time we should show our unity, solidarity and compassion to all living beings in our country.

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      Ok, I can see that I am little harsh on the President.
      It is because of what he said at the video conference with SAARC leaders and also in his speech to the nation that he intended to go ahead with the election which showed his lack of concern about the public’s health.
      I guess he is getting wrong advice from the selected people around him.

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        Champao@
        I dont think we need to respect the president any more having focused the manner, he handled the CORONA crisis at the beginning. ‘See the poor countries such as Nepal handled it at the very begining of their crisis flattening their bell curve even better than in rich countrties. Nor is Nepal an Island nation.

        We the srilankens have enough sources, but only source we dont have is lack of a good leader to go radically against Mahinda Rajakashe style politics. I think people should finally see it right, Mahinda Rajakashe for good enough to give the leadershp in the last phase of the WAR, but he is not a good leader to do the job for turning the country into a Singapore.
        His abusiveness is not being able to say ” no” to his CRIMINAL kith and kin. Not a single person around him today are good politicians. Wimal Ponnawanse, as we know th emanner, is being abused by Rajakashe is almost similar to get the work done and mislead the punnaku dominated nation.
        :
        WIMAL WEERAWANSA shamelessly promised a lot for the VOTERs, but not a single pledge is made by Gotler led groups yet. How come ? Their feasiblities are beyond all low levels… I dont think very same audience would NOT spit on Wimal ponnawanse if he is found anywhere.

        Local media is highly abusive so as Wimal WEERAWANSA mouth piece. The kind of men should be taken away from HUMAN association – CORONA could bring them to end sooner than later. May all the high criminals be fallen with CORONA.. is my great wish looking at the live sof our destitutes in the country.

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          babalath appuwo
          You say he, (Mahinda Rajapaksa) is not a good leader to do the job for turning the country into a Singapore.
          Singapore? Who wants Sri Lanka to be a concrete jungle like Singapore?
          Mahinda never promised to convert Sri Lanka a Singapore.
          It was JRJ’s promise, wasn’t it?

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            Champawati, who cry the grapes that cannot be reached are sour,

            You are right; Old Rowdy did not want to compare Lankawe he was planning make, with any country because it will go wrong as he never intended to change Wildlife Sanctuary into any kind of benevolent state comparable to a good rowmodel. So he consulted the Malayala Exorcists to solve this problem too. They advised him to go for “Asian Miracle”.
            (Just go lady instead of showing that Peethal (Torn off rag) mouth)

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      Champa Always the idiot.

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    Here is some good news to calm the nerves of Ms T and her supporters, who are the hard core members of Dr Rani’s Elite, Anglican & Vellala UNP Faction.
    Who seem to be more worried about Rajapaksa Control of Corona Virus more than the Virus attacking the inhabitants.

    UNP’s new Opposition Leader in Kotte and the next PM of the UNP Government has come up with a cure for Corona.

    It is a Drug called PLAQUENIL .

    And the UNP Deputy has asked his loyal supporters on his Social Media to demand Prez Nandasena give it to them instead of Hydroxy Chholoro Quinine .
    =
    I thought what a genius, for a fella his one time best buddies and colleagues called a OL Drop Out.

    Is Nandesena still going to stuff around with HCQ and please the GMOA Dudes and the Virologists ?.

    This is a game changer for sure.
    And I am amazed that Dr Rani or his Worlds Best Health Minister couldn’t come with something like this to save our Nation?.

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      K A
      According to medical information, Plaquenil is “Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate” where sulfate salt is used in the mixture when making Plaquenil tablets, while “Hydroxychloroquine” is the active drug which suppresses the immune system, and therefore should be very careful when mixing with other drugs and supplements.
      So there is a difference between PLAQUENIL and Hydroxychloroquine despite what GMOA says.

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        Champa.-

        It is another Brand name , Mate.. not mixed with a Sulphate.
        Most drugs are either in Chloride or Sulphate versions.
        Sulphates versions are generally cheaper…
        A pharmacist here may be able to help you…

        Or you can ask my dear friend Native Vadda..

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          K A
          I don’t know the reason for the government to recommend Hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19 without any scientific basis.
          It is common knowledge that Hydroxychloroquine is a strong drug, and therefore, those who take Hydroxychloroquine should not take Panadol, Aspirin, Penicilin, Advil, Aleve or any other similar drugs, allergic tablets and Insulin. Furthermore, those who have skin problems, kidney problems, especially seniors, diabetic patients, heart patients, pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, children and those who are addicted to alcohol should not take Hydroxychloroquine as it could be fatal.

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            Amoxicillin, Calcium tablets and Fish Oil should also be avoided with Hydroxychloroquine.

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              Champa GMOA is right. Both are the same. In drugs, there is chemical name, pharmacological name and trade name. For example of Paracetamol, chemical name is Acetaminophen, pharmacological name is paracetamol, while Panadol is trade name for the drug made by GSK laboratories. Similarly pharmacological name is Hydroxychloroquine while Plaquenil is the trade name of the same drug marketed by Sanofi- Aventis. Originally it was Chloroquine phosphate, but later modified by adding hydroxyl radical and make it as sulphate salt. Drugs which are organic compounds are produced as inorganic salts to enhance absorption and utilization by the body. As for Hydroxychloroquine it is quite safe, with only absolute contraindication being Epilepsy (GCPD deficiency and Myasthenia Gravis are rare), and the serious side effect is optic atrophy (damage to optic nerve and disc) that too in long term use as in Rheumatoid Arthritis and not short term use as in Malaria. I have worked in Polonnaruwa district for one year and Monaragala district for two years, and never got malaria because I used to take Chloroquine course whenever I felt feverish. When I worked in Zambia for four years, where malaria was more rampant, all Sri Lankans were advised to take a course of Chloroquine whenever they felt feverish irrespective of the cause, and none of them contracted Malaria. Better drugs against Malaria are now available, but they may not be active against Corona Virus.

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                Government recommendation to use Hydroxychloroquine is in the right direction. So far there have been three claims of eradicating Corona Virus. First was in India where they had used two anti-viral drugs and Piriton, next was in Holland where they used Hydroxychloroquine to kill it six days and final one in France where they used both Azithromycin and Hydroxychloroquine to kill it in five days. So there is some scientific and logical basis for using this drug against Corona Virus. Better to avoid anti-viral drugs which are severely toxic and expensive, when cheaper and less toxic ones are available. Azithromycin is an antibiotic belonging to a group called Macrolides to which commonly used Erythromycin and Clarythromycin too belong. If I am in that situation, I will take Hydroxychloroquine promptly and possibly a Macrolide.

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                  Dr. Sanakaralingam,

                  In the US, clinical trials haven’t been concluded on the effectiveness of Hydroxychloroquine for Covid-19, and the CDC and FDA haven’t approved it yet for treatment, but many people are hoarding it already.

                  As a result, patients who seriously need it for other conditions are unable to get the medicine. Higher doses of this medication have killed people, so even if approved, I am told the dosage will have to be carefully controlled.

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                    Clinical trial conducted in Holland showed that Hydroxy-Chloroquine kills Corona virus in six days. Clinical trials conducted in France showed that Hydroxy-Chloroquine with Azithromycin kills Corona virus in five days. Are you saying that these are fake. It is because President Trump told people to take Hydroxy-Chloroquine, FDA is doing delaying tactics not to allow him to get the credit for it. Chloroquine has been in use for over 70 years and is safe when taken in the prescribed dosage. The dose for Malaria is loading first dose of two tablets followed by one tablet after six hours and one tablet daily in the following five days. Dose for Corona may not be much different from this. I have taken Chloroquine on several occasions without any problem., when working in Malaria zones. If USA does not like Hydroxy-Chloroquine, they can test a drug used for Chloroquine resistant malaria and atypical pneumonia viz Doxycycline, which in combination with a Macrolide such as Azithromycin or Clarithromycin should do the trick.

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                      Dr.GS,

                      Such trials have to meet certain stringent criteria, such as sampling method and size, the proper control group, etc. I am not sure how Holland and France were able to conduct such trials quickly.

                      I am sure the FDA will consider the results in Holland and France as well, but it will take more time for them to come up with a final recommendation.

                      Agencies like FDA, NIH, CDC don’t have any deep state resistance to Trump from professionals. They just focus on the science, but there may be usual bureaucratic delays within government.

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      KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

      “Who seem to be more worried about Rajapaksa Control of Corona Virus more than the Virus attacking the inhabitants.”

      The scientists can and will discover antibody for Coronavirus however as it is scientist are not capable of discovering any antibody for parasites such as Rajapaksa clan, their b***s carriers, cronies, Rana-viruses, Shenalis, soma, Hela, …. blind Eyes, .. Mahanayakes, Saffron Brigades, …… enjoys longevity than Corvit 19.

      People should be worried.

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        Dear Native,

        I think you should call it just CORONA VD, so you don’t get mixed up with Bio Chemistry Terminology.-

        Anyway you should nominate your darling UNP Deputy , the new Opposition Leader from Keselwatta for a DSc for his discovery of Planquine as a cure for Corona.

        And send you other dear buddy Galleon Ravi to quarantine for insulting with nasty comments about the Kid not having proper Passes at Ordinary Level.

        BTW, Prez Nandasean should send the GMOA to check the use by date of that stock of Quinine.

        I am worried whether it was one of those diluted Generic Brands which Dr Rajitha and his Wahabi mate at Osuhala used to buy from the Hindians ,
        And invoice our Tax Payers quoting the real Brand Prices from reputed German Pharmaceutical Companies.

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          “I am worried whether it was one of those diluted Generic Brands which Dr Rajitha and his Wahabi mate at Osuhala used to buy from the Hindians ,
          And invoice our Tax Payers quoting the real Brand Prices from reputed German Pharmaceutical Companies.”

          Pavithra can sell whatever is kept in stock as joblot and share the windfall unearned income among her mates, clan, and crooks. Then purchase the real stuff at a premium and share the surplus among her mates, clan, and crooks.

          If you are clever as you seem to claim you are, you should register yourself as her new/potential b***s carrier.

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    forces people are the best as they are young, they have good body immunity as they are fit and they are motivated to do a good job. the reason they are serving the Army and they are highly recognized and acknowledged for what they do.

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    Tisaranee

    Do you know a Tamil Pastor attached to Philadelphia Church in Switzerland came down to Jaffna last week and had two prayer meetings in Jaffna and Manipay at the Assembly of God halls. Before his arrival there was an announcement published in the local Tamil newspaper called Uthayan saying ” corona won’t touch you. Thevan ( Jesus ) meets people. Prayer for the people” . Many people heeded to his call and attended hoping they won’t be affected by corona. Unfortunately those poor souls didn’t know that the Pastor himself was carrying corona virus and spreading it before his return to Swiss. Police are now rounding up those attendees for medical check up. Pastor is in Swiss hospital.

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      MR I also heard about it , Mate..

      Why do these Pastors always go to Jaffna, Mannar and Mullative?.
      Why don’t they come to Cinnamon Gardens Wellala Gardens ,Grandpass and Slave Island?..

      I thought these Foreign Pastor followers are all in Colombo and the Poosaris look after the Tamils in the North.

      I think you should keep a copy that Yuthayan Ad and give it to the poor worshipers to claim for their Medical expenses and loss of Wages..

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      MR. Good points. This happened in S.Korea as well. The pastor is being prosecuted for murder. It was extremely callous to have held the meetings when the pastor himself should have known that he was having fever and could be having the virus. It is equally callous to advertise that Christians will have special protection. There should be a law against advertising falsely for religious propagation. It is common to see such posters about lame walking etc. in Jaffna. On another note, Jaffna politicians are creating unnecessary ethnic issues by saying that detention centres are in the North. The guy who contracted the virus in Jaffna is being treated in the Anuradhapura hospital. Can Tamil politicians shut their trap for some time at least. They mislead constantly

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      MR

      “Pastor himself was carrying corona virus and spreading it before his return to Swiss.”

      Has he been infected by Rana-viruses or his fellow passengers on the flight?

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        Naked Vedda, was the Pastor was infected by one of the 35,000 Tamils in Switzerland?

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          Adrian Teen Aged 13 3/4

          “Naked Vedda, was the Pastor was infected by one of the 35,000 Tamils in Switzerland?”

          I never been to Switzerland therefore I couldn’t comment on your brilliant question, however why don’t you ask your brother in law if the pastor was his client when he travelled through Negombo beaches on his way to Jaffna.

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            Naked Vedda, you are confusing the pastor with your partner. For a bugger who eats fried cockroaches with thosai, you are remarkably ill-informed.

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              Adrian Teen Aged 13 3/4

              “Naked Vedda, you are confusing the pastor with your partner. For a bugger who eats fried cockroaches with thosai, you are remarkably ill-informed.”

              What has cockroaches with thosai got to do with your beach boy brother in law?
              If not your brother in law, did the pastor visit you?

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      MR not only the pastor the Ass of Samanala Kanda also said a similar thing. The ass had left for deft to m,eet his colleagues

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    The corona virus has apparently told Goat the it will leave the shores of Sri Lanka only if the SL parliament pass a motion to the effect with with two third majority

    so please in the next general election give Gota the two third majority he sought when addressing the country on Corona virus

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      Rajash

      How are you?
      How is your distant cousin Rishy Sunak doing in the UK parliament?

      Are you being jealous of Gota who fought and won Corona before it arrived in this island.
      Keheliya Rambukwella believes, Corona is nothing to those who obliterated LTTE.
      The Single handed General Kamal Gunawardana was last seen simultaneously fighting the LTTE and Corona.

      Did Shavendra say that he is more than capable of dealing with any strain of viruses and in fact he recently claimed to have saved the world from Cyber Attack, “Anna Kournikova” virus, which was located, found, quarantined, and made to disappear?

      Could do a favour to Wimal Windbag Weerawansa. This is the good time to invite him to UK for all expenses paid holiday.

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          KASmaalam K.A. Sumanasekera

          This is extraordinarily brilliant.
          Thanks for your comment
          Keep up the good work.

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    K A
    According to medical information, Plaquenil is “Hydroxychloroquine Sulfate” where sulfate salt is used in the mixture when making Plaquenil tablets, while “Hydroxychloroquine” is the active drug which suppresses the immune system, and therefore should be very careful when mixing with other drugs and supplements.
    So there is a difference between PLAQUENIL and Hydroxychloroquine despite what GMOA says.

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      CHAMPA: If you search under Planquenil, hydroxychloroquinine comes,. It is a anti-malarial drug and how in the world anti-malarial drugs (small protozoan, animal) works for virus. There are two viral drugs both interferon B manufactured by BIG PHARMA. I heard they ware waiting to milk the world probably once their country’s use is sufficient. A cuban company is making Interferon b in china Interferon b stops virus cell interaction with the human cells inside the body.

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      Champa, I have explained to you above that both are the same. As for suppression of immune system, it is used against auto-immune diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). It is a Disease modifying anti-Rheumatic drug whose method of action in reducing swelling or pain in RA and skin problem in SLE is not known. Therefore to say that it suppresses the immune system like what steroids do is not true. However it can cause low sugar level (Hypoglycaemia).

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    It looks like very substandard, Fake media originated so very biased article. World is not only the countries you mentioned you say that they are in trouble. TRUMP would say, this article is good for publishing in CNN or FOX news. OHH, CT is British and Telegraph.

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    Thisaranee and the cohort of CT moron, including ranjan hoole, can yap all they want but GR has effectively dealt with the Corona outbreak here. There are no signs of exponential growth.

    So you can spin all your masterbatory fantacies about the failings of the Rajapakshas, but facts speak for themselves. People on the ground know this and data supports it.

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      ignoramus: Horight to identify yourself as such.Please publish a photo with the two horns in front two on the left, two on the right and three at the back
      Thanks,

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      Your name describes your comment, perfectly.

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      Ignoramus, apt choice of name. Get your spelling wright.

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    What an amazing article with compelling information and data. Thank you Tisaranee.

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    A real journalistic excellence indeed. Thank you Tisaranee Gunasekera.
    Dayan Jayatileke and H.L.D.Mahindapala need tutoring on the conventional code of ethics in journalism.

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    When did the pastor from Sitzerland(many thousands affected by the virus) come to Sri Lanka?
    What condition was in place at BIA for visitors when the pastor arrived?

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      Punitham
      That is a million dollar question. He had visited Sri Lanka and conducted a service in Jaffna on the 15th and on or around 20th he was found COVID -19 positive in Switzerland!!!
      How did he evade the compulsory 14-day quarantine when he visited Sri Lanka is the biggest question.

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        Champa

        “How did he evade the compulsory 14-day quarantine when he visited Sri Lanka is the biggest question.”

        Did Rana-viruses secretly inject him with Coronavirus while he was fast asleep?

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        Remember how the Suicide belt yre escaped arrest, Remember how Joseph RaYappu visited president so he won’t be arrested. Joseph RaYappu was an Indian Tamil who was living as a migrant. THE GOVT IS SCARED TO ARREST THEM.
        SOME HOW SWITZERLAND PRIEST HAD MADE EVEN THE HIS HOST NOW COVID-19 POSITIVE

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      According to the local news, Pastor Paul Satgunarajah has arrived at Katunayake airport on 10th March and travelled in a vehicle to Jaffna on the same day. He stopped at Mango – Mango restaurant at Anuradhapura on his way, before he reached Ariyalai. On 13th he had gone to Jaffna market and HNBank. On 15th he attended his prayer meetings. He left Jaffna on the same night to Colombo. Departed by BIA at 5.30am on 16th to Swiss. It is believed that he was carrying virus but no proper check up was carried out when he landed at Katunayake Airport.

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    CT, frankly this item is wrong on many counts.
    I feel obliged to write as a qualified virologist (without pretensions).
    \
    Firstly, the writer is greatly exaggerating the risk of CORVID 19, presumably going by sensationalist media coverage of the issue. The media coverage ignores the basic scientific fact that the annual attacks of the common cold and the flu that are much more severe, more easily transmissible and causes more fatalities around the world annually.

    So, it appears that the significance of this so-called ‘pandemic’ is being played up by the vested inerest as a dress rehearsal for America’s coming war with China. The rest of the world is going along with it.
    \
    Secondly, her blaming the Sri Lankan government on the management of the emergency is quite unwarranted and is out of place. If she has the capacity to comprehend the global statistics on the spread of the disease, she would find that Sri Lanka is faring well, among the top 5 most successful countries.
    \
    So, the writer has no facts of science or decency on her side to be chest beating in the fashion she has done here.
    \
    By the way, Corona virus did not originate in China or Wuhan.

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      Vajira Gunawardena. Vajira whose T…s do you suck.What she says is true.This problem had been seriously mismanaged. They were harping on the Election but forgot the immediate catastrophy.

      Tissarane had done an excellent job you moron.

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        Two countries are on the dock as to where corona virus originate. One is accusing the other and vice versa. There is no definite proof as to who is the culprit. Therefore to absolve China without proof shows partiality. Let us for argument sake accept the Chinese propaganda that US introduced the virus into China. If that is so, why did China try to cover it up, when the disease was first detected in November and was spreading. The fact that the whistle blower was forced to sign a document by Chinese authorities that what he had stated about the matter is not true. Further to that why was he kept under house arrest, and later to say that he succumbed to the infection. How many people are going to buy this lie. Obviously he has been killed to cover up the truth. Secondly is the appearance of the disease in Wuhan and presence of government virus laboratory in Wuhan cannot be considered a mere coincidence. Why did US introduce the virus in Wuhan an out post and not in Beijing or Shanghai, which are political and economic nerve centers. If China was concerned about the disease, they would have brought to the notice of WHO and sought help from other countries to invent drugs to cure or at least a vaccine to prevent. What China tried was to sweep everything under the carpet, and it was only due to the spread to Hing Kong traced to Chinese nationals, that the whole matter was brought out. (CONTD)

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          Few months prior, Chinese working in Virus laboratory in Canada were caught smuggling viruses to China. This could not have happened without involvement of Chinese government, who wanted the technology to manipulate viruses to be used in warfare. For their bad luck, some viruses have escaped from the laboratory and had infected wild animals which are consumed by Chinese. With disease spreading Chinese started on a propaganda blitz blaming everyone else than themselves. This is now joined by Sinophiles in protecting China. It is coming to light that the large numbers of cases in Italy and Iran are due to Chinese labourers in those countries working in projects funded by Chinese government. When there is such strong circumstantial evidence, how could one say that China is not involved. I will not be surprised that Chinese labourers in Sri Lanka who have been let in without any quarantine procedures will be responsible for an epidemic in Sri Lanka.

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            Thank you: Your spending time on generating such nonsense will certainly spare the lives of several of your professional victims.

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          Dr.gnana

          “Two countries are on the dock as to where corona virus originate.”

          good.then we can eliminate gota on this one.His reputation is that of ernst stavro blofield who was the mastemind in thunderball and you only live twice.

          https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/villains/images/9/9d/Ernst_Stavro_Blofeld_%28first_appearance%29-0.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20160605034140

          the cat is replaced by a shark in the local version gotaball.

          ps.though you are a sleuth like hercule poirot,you have failed to mention that it was the chinese who announced publicly that coronavirus originated due to eating some exotic animals.How can they accuse the US after admitting it?

          chinese medicine is a 200 billion USD industry.This won’t be the last virus.

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            Chinese admitted only after it spread to Hong Kong carried by Chinese nationals from mainland. Till then they tried to suppress it. Again eating wild animal theory is circulated to cover up manufacture of that virus in Wuhan laboratory. As for Gota, he is the originator of Co-Ranaviru-s.

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            The Chinese seriously considered the possibility of wild animal sources and acted on it.
            That prospect has now been eliminated.
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            All theories suggesting a Chinese origin have bitten the dust.
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            Think of something cleverer to defend the biggest producer of biological weapons.

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    ……. The corona virus did not originate in China or Wuhan…. as per comment above.
    This is precisely what our Man in China has been telling all the readers of CT.
    Thus it is a Great Leap Forward.
    Well now here is another view: Rahu and Kethu have done the damage. From the end of March,things will move gradually and within two months everything will be hunky dory.
    Indian Astrologers are spinning money with these predictions!

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      Pygs
      Spread from China was arrested very fast. How spread in Italy and Iran faster than in China’s neighbours is something to think about.
      A US Republican Senator claimed that the virus started in a germ factory in China. Then it became the Wuhan wet market. That too is now losing credibility.
      The many (including NYT, Guardian etc.) who jumped in defence of the US even at the suggestion of the possibility of a US origin never uttered a word when China was slated left and right by Trump & Co.
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      What matters is that China handled the problem most responsibly, as the WHO itself has said.
      The US and most of Europe had two months to learn from the Chinese experience shared without concealing anything. But look at their pathetic performance.
      Those who were gloating that Chinese economy will be ruined by the virus until only weeks ago are now in a worse plight than they wished for China.
      China is capitalist, but the collective spirit that socialism gave it until the 1980s is still alive. That is what offers hope for China.
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      BTW
      Rahu and Kethu themselves have been hit by the virus as snakes are susceptible to the it. They are now staying indoors and will not move house for a while. The astrologers may have a long wait.

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